~ The Real Price of a Fur Coat – Daily Mirror investigation ~
KUDOS TO FOUR PAWS INTERNATIONAL AND THE DAILY MIRROR FOR REVEALING SHOCKING CONDITIONS ON THREE FINNISH FUR FARMS SUPPLYING PELTS TO SAGA FURS (Helsinki). Saga Furs are graded according to the quality of the fur and not according to standards of animal welfare. “THE RESPONSIBLE CHOICE” (Saga Furs) The video, shot in November 2013 and released February 22 2014 by Four Paws, showed animals “listless and cramped in tiny cages with fur, excrement and food-pulp embedded in the mesh. The animals don’t have space to move. They have eye infections and some have no tails, which could be a sign of cannibalism. … Foxes are born in a cage, spend seven months there then are killed. This is all they know for their entire lives”.
One team member said: “The smell is a mixture of pure excrement, urine and the animals themselves. The howling and barking makes it seem a place of horror and no escape…When you look into the eyes of the animals you get a feeling of the life behind them. It’s heartbreaking”.
Thomas Pietsch of Four Paws stated that the horrific conditions were on fur farms in Finland certified by Saga Furs. This confirms evidence from Norwegian animal rights group, Network for Animal Freedom, whose inspections too revealed that these “assurance” farms lacked the necessary standards. These are the farms from where South African furriers source their pelts! For those who don’t know, here is some information about Saga Furs:
- Alongside Kopenhagen Furs, Saga Furs is one of the biggest auction houses in the fur industry.
- Saga Furs, American Legend and Fur Harvesters Auction have joined forces for 2014 selling season, where inspections started on March 4 2014. This is NOW! Pelts are brought to Finland to be auctioned. According to Saga this auction “will offer the most diverse selection of quality furs the world has ever seen”. A TOTAL OF 11 MILLION MINK (the innocent creature in photo), 2 MILLION fox and a huge variety of other fur types will be offered during each season (March and June).
- In a joint initiative involving The International Fur Trade Federation (IFTF), Kopenhagen Fur, American Legend Cooperative, Finnish Fur Sales/SAGA Furs and North American Fur Auctions, the ORIGIN ASSURED (OA™) label was launched. These are all PRO-FUR organisations. This OA™ label supposedly guarantees consumers to know the country of origin of the fur they buy. It is meant to be a country where there are adequate welfare regulations or standards. Of note, the fact that factory farming of animals for fur (which is inherently cruel) is condoned in those countries is not taken into account. As Mr Pietsch points out “A fox in nature will run as much as 12km a day, which gives an idea of how much these animals suffer”. Mink in the wild live on woodland banks and are semi-aquatic. WILD ANIMALS GO INSANE WHEN CRAMPED INTO TINY METAL CAGES.
The myth of “ethical” fur has now been debunked in all Scandinavian countries. THERE IS NOTHING ethical. about any fur farm.
The footage released may be accessed via the links below:
Information released by Saga FURs and Kopenhagen Furs: http://www.sagafurs.com/en/auctions_home/auctions_info/season_2013_2014