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Caged animals bred to be fat in Finnish fur farms
    2017-August-31  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A SHOCKING investigation has revealed “monster foxes” being bred on fur farms in Finland in deplorable conditions.

Footage from five fur farms across Ostrobothnia in western Finland show foxes with huge pelts and rolls of fat folded over their bodies and almost covering their eyes to increase the amount of fur on their bodies.

The animals can weigh up to five times their normal weight and become so bloated they can barely move in their cages.

Activists from the group Animal Justice said that in the wild, female foxes weigh about 3.5 kilograms while a fox they photographed at the farm weighed more than 19 kilograms.

The group’s investigation found the devastating results of over-breeding by genetic selection. The foxes are also fed a diet with a very high fat content to grow as big as possible.

Shocking footage showed foxes struggling to move, with thick rolls of fur covering their eyelids, making them virtually unrecognizable as foxes.

Animal Justice said it is illegal in Finland to breed livestock in a way that causes animals to suffer.

It typically takes around 10 to 20 “normal” foxes to make a fur coat but the animals are also used to make hats, gilets and trim for jacket hoods.

Claire Bass, executive director from leading anti-fur campaigning organization Humane Society International/U.K., condemned the fur industry’s genetic selection of suffering. She said: “Just when you thought the fur industry couldn’t get any more unethical, it hits a shocking new low with foxes bred so large that these poor beautiful creatures can hardly move, or in some cases even see.

“It is proof, if further proof were needed, that the fur industry is about profit and cares nothing for animal welfare. Consumers will be rightly shocked and disturbed by these hideous images, which underline yet again the need to turn our backs on fur for good.”

According to U.K. trade statistics, over the last five years more than US$3.2 million of fur articles have been imported into the U.K. from Finland.

Despite the U.K. having banned fur farming in 2000 for being unethical, campaigners said it is still importing huge amounts of fur from other countries.

Kristo Muurimaa from Animal Justice said: “The conditions these animals are in is the result of greed for profits. Bigger skin means more money for the fur farmer. The animals pay the price with suffering.”

Animal Justice said the skins of the “monster foxes” in their investigation are sold under the Saga Furs brand, and ended up in clothing manufactured by many luxury fashion houses.

In fur auctions, the pelts are divided into size groups. In the June auction at Saga Furs, the biggest size group (‘60’) sold for an average price of US$103, and size 40 sold for US$67.

They are sold in flagship boutiques of companies such as Louise Vuitton, Gucci and Michael Kors.

A spokesman for Respect for Animals said: “The obese foxes suffer horribly: obesity in farmed foxes is associated with high levels of bent feet, difficulty in moving and diarrhea. Animals farmed in this way have bigger pelts. It’s that simple. These foxes are essentially wild animals that crave to roam over a large territory but are instead condemned to a stressful life in a tiny cage before being anally electrocuted.” (SD-Agencies)

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