PETITION TARGET: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Every year, millions of minks, foxes, rabbits, and other defenseless animals are brutally poisoned with gas, electrocuted, or killed by neck-breaking at fur farms throughout the United States.
Typically, these innocent creatures spend the entirety of their short lives in cramped, wire cages, often demonstrating signs of severe distress: pacing in circles, self-mutilation, and fighting with cagemates.
Fur farming also poses serious health risks to humans, as evidenced by five minks at two Utah fur farms testing positive for the deadly coronavirus, state officials confirmed. Workers reportedly noticed an unusual number of animal deaths, leading to an investigation.
In June, the Netherlands permanently shut down its mink farms as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s time the United States does the same.
This horrifying industry needs to end — for the sake of both the tortured animals and human health — as the world continues to suffer through the impacts of coronavirus.
Sign this petition urging U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to push for an urgent nationwide ban on cruel fur farming to protect helpless animals and decrease the risk of another global pandemic.