German Animal Protection Office: We discover animal cruelty on Polish fur farms and save Fox Masha
Dear animal friends,
My name is Denise Weber and I have been involved with the German Animal Protection Office for many years. During this time I have already seen a lot of animal suffering and uncovered. But today, I would like to draw your attention to our new undercover research: We reveal the indescribable suffering of the animals on Polish fur farms: a short life in the cage, narrowness, fear and a cruel death waiting for the animals.
For decades we fought together with other animal rights activists in Germany for the fact that there are no more fur farms – with success. In April of this year the last fur farm of Germany was closed. Although there are no more fur farms in Germany, fur is still sold nationwide on jackets, hats and accessories. We have therefore investigated the question of where these furs originally came from.
The trail led us in our research into neighboring Poland. With more than 800-1000 fur farms with a total of more than 5 million fur animals, Poland has become one of the largest fur producers in Europe in recent years.
In recent weeks, we have documented the conditions on the Polish farms and found the worst conditions on the ground: mink, raccoon dogs and foxes, all animals are kept in tiny cage crates and suffer extremely under the conditions.
Mink farms with more than 100,000 animals are not uncommon. Such farms are not only very large, but are also very well guarded and secured by the fur farmers. Some farms have built high walls with barbed wire and even watchtowers and video cameras so nobody can look beyond the shiny facade of the fur industry.
Over 8 million mink, fox and raccoon dogs are killed each year in Poland for fur.
Nevertheless, we managed to film with a drone, among other things, how the animals live in such establishments and, above all, suffer. In addition to the huge farms, there are also many small, even together timbered farms with about 100-1,000 animals. Especially in these small farms we found injured and sick animals.
(Unfortunately, I could not find an English version for the German text of the video. But you can only understand everything by the pictures)
Masha, the little polar vixen, however, had incredible luck, she was not killed and is allowed to live. As part of this undercover research, we have rescued her from a Polish fur farm.
Seeing the suffering of the animals on the fur farms deeply touched and shocked me.
It is inexplicable to me how one can lock a wild animal in a cage and let it suffer so.
But I know, only we can make a difference by not buying fur products and educating fur carriers about the animal tormenting conditions and asking them to stop buying and wearing fur.
So now I’d like to ask you: Share our campaign video with all the people you know so that we can open our eyes to as many people as possible. I am sure that the fate of Masha will cause many people to rethink!
My comment: Poland offers fantastic conditions for the fur industry and not only encourages the locals to build more farms. One mink can be kept here on an area of 0.18 square meters, for each additional animal the legislator plans an additional 0.068 square meters. This corresponds to the EU standards!!
There are the politicians who also earn money with their lobby work for the fur mafia. EU Commission wants to strengthen fur farming with its devious “EU reference center for animal welfare”.
Every year in late autumn, when the coat is thick and fluffy enough, is “harvest time”. That is, the animals are brutally killed. In foxes, this is usually done by electricity. The snout is closed with a forceps-shaped electrode and a metal rod inserted into the anus. A surge then kills the animal.
Minks are usually gassed. Then the fur is pulled over the animals’ ears.
In the meantime, a lot of undercover videos have even been shown by the state media, so NOBODY has a “I did not know”.
They are sentient beings who spend a cruel time on this legal Dachau, stand on tight boxes, with grids under their paws, and suffer a cruel death!
They are not invisible products!
They are living beings.
If we want to talk about a civilized world, a similar campaign against the fur should have been started for a long time, as it started with the cigarettes.
My best regards to all, Venus