Mink Hair Harvesting And Processing In The Factory – Mink Fur Industry

A mink farm is a place where minks are intensively farmed for their fur. It looks like long rows of individual cages lined up next to each other underneath an open-air pavilion. The minks live in wire cages, allowing their waste to drop beneath them. Mink farms are also known for their smell, as mink discharge an unpleasant odor, more pungent than that of a skunk, to protect themselves from intruders to their territory. This smell indicates that the mink do not feel safe, or that they are excited.
Mink are farmed for their soft, short and dense fur. People like to wear furs to keep warm and to add a fashionable trim or accessory to their wardrobes. Fifty percent of mink farms are in Europe, and the rest are dispersed throughout the world, in North America and countries such as Argentina, China, and Russia. At facilities where minks are bred and slaughtered for fur, workers usually breed female minks once a year.
In farms, mink are fed a paste of fish, chicken, cow, pig, and other leftover meats from the animal agriculture industry. It is placed on top of their wire-topped cages daily for them to feed on. When their pelts are at their thickest, minks who have survived the living conditions in the farm are gassed to death, and their fur is removed.
Mink are solitary creatures. In the wild they strongly defend their territories and only come into contact with other mink in order to mate. On the fur farm each mink is imprisoned in a row of cages. Each row may hold over 100 cages, two rows to a shed. These solitary animals are forced to live in close sight, smell and sound of thousands of others. They are often forced to live several to a cage.
To cut costs, fur farmers pack animals into small cages, preventing them from taking more than a few steps back and forth. This crowding and confinement is especially distressing to minks. The anguish and frustration of life in a cage leads minks to self-mutilate—biting at their skin, tails, and feet—and frantically pace and circle endlessly.
Upon reaching maturity, mink are slaughtered on the farm and pelts are skinned from the carcass. Slaughter techniques generally include cervical dislocation, anal electrocution, and asphyxiation by carbon monoxide. All these slaughter techniques are unregulated by the government, done by the farmers themselves, and allow for preservation of the mink skin.
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