MINK FARMS In this post I will prove to you that in mink farms no animals are skinned alive.
Mink Farms: As I already told you in the previous post, some days ago in Hedensted, in Denmark, the FURBAZAAR team took me to visit the mink farm belonging to Tage Pedersen Chairman of Kopenhagen Fur: this mink farm is Danish excellence.
I really care about writing this post because I am fed up with seeing unrealistic videos regarding our sector that portray suffering animals being skinned alive.
The animals are not skinned alive. IT CAN BE AND HAS BEEN PROVED! The videos that you see on YouTube are false! They have been created to appeal to your sensitivity. I will probably lose a lot facing this subject: I will be criticized by all those who hate fur, fashion brands will not want to collaborate with me because I deal with these themes etc…but I HAVE to and I WANT to.
Let me explain in a simple and logical way why it is impossible that the animals are skinned alive.
First it wouldn’t be so simple for a man to actually do that, minks are robust and carnivorous. Second, skinning would irreparably ruin the skin because the pain it provoked would make the animal’s hair stand on end and go hard, making it lose its value.
Let me explain better the concept of “losing value”. Once obtained, the skins are divided according to quality and then sent to the auctions that make further selections in their turn. Auctions like Kopenhagen Fur only accept quality furs, that is furs that come from animals who have not suffered.
To be quoted on the market furs must be perfect, intact, silky, without bites, bright, busy, soft….shiny.
For minks having beautiful fur is like for us having beautiful skin and hair. Think about it: when do you have beautiful hair and skin? When you are not stressed, you eat well and you lead a healthy life…this is just what minks do.
If farmers skinned animals alive it would just cause damage: the auctions would certainly not accept their skins that would remain unsold losing in this way a life’s work.
Moreover I think that designers must have in tact furs and not fur rags, if not how would they make up their garments? Personally I have never seen skin coming from an animal that has been skinned alive but I am sure that it couldn’t be a complete piece: it would certainly have cuts if not worse, and would make it impossible to use.
It’s true not all mink farms are beautiful, clean, quality, surrounded by nature like the one I saw. But I assure you that most farmers have to respect our sector’s strict rules, if not they would lose out too.
Certainly in China the animals are mot treated well like in Finland, Denmark or Italy…not everyone respects the laws but the IFF is working to improve the situation.
At the mink farm
In Tage Pedersen’s big farm I saw male and female blackcross minks together in a cage. BEAUTIFUL.
I already knew that farmers paid great attention to looking after their minks but I absolutely didn’t think they ate what I saw:
First quality salmon fillets, herrings, finely minced fruit and vegetables mixed with vitamins and protein. The fresh food is frozen as soon as it has been prepared, to be transported to the farms. It must arrive fresh and be given twice a day. As well as being highly nutritious it is also fit for human consumption.
Needless to say the minks also undergo periodical medical check ups.
I would like to add that once the skins have been obtained the minks are reused for making pet and animal food.
I had already visited a mink farm with Kopenhagen Fur last May. Here is the video.
Tage Pedersen’s farm is always open to the public because they particularly care about showing how minks are raised. This really is an example of a farms <3
Without wanting to polemicise but just to be precise: before attacking my sector (fur) stop to think about what you have in your plate, how MCDonalds animals grow, how creams, drugs, make up is tested. Everything you wear – shoes, belts, bags, coats, everything comes from animals and even if in some sectors animals grow well and in good health, in others no one cares how they are psychologically because the important thing is to test, or obtain mest that will then be over processed etc etc
I do not normally attack other sectors because everywhere there are those who respect the rules and those who don’t…who pays taxes and who evades….That’s how the world goes. You can never generalize.
Kopenhagen Fur is a sign of guarantee. When you buy furs check that is has a label of origin. If it comes from KF you can be sure that your fur comes from animals who have not suffered.
I thank Furbazaar for having taken ne to visit Tage Pedersen‘s farm it was a beautiful learning experience.
In the photos you can see the minks’ food and me, together with the Furbazaar team at the farm.
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