As seen on « France 5 »
To help women become more aware of the situation, One Voice launched a new anti-fur campaign in November 2003. The campaign was based on two investigations – one in Croatia that led to the rescue of around 30 chinchillas, the other on a French mink farm.
The One Voice investigator sent to the mink farms is no novice. He knows all about laboratories. And yet, he was completely shocked by what he saw there. Minks are quite gorgeous. If more clients knew what these little ferret-like creatures looked like, they would no longer want to wear their hides. However, the furriers make sure they never see the animal itself.
One of the farms visited by our investigator is huge. Over 40,000 animals subsist in tiny cages with tin roofs (over 10% of the minks die from heat exhaustion each summer). They do not have any water to play in, despite the fact that in the wild they normally spend over 70% of their time in the water. The minks are so stressed that they perform stereotypically agitated movements, damaging their paws on the wire floor. Any sick animals are not treated.
In the opinion of One Voice, this animal should not be made to suffer in the name of some kind of dubious elegance. This is why we have carried out campaigns against these farms previously. During the recent investigation, our representative noted that in the early 1990s, four of these establishments in Brittany had to close due to a lack of prospects. Three years ago we succeeded in preventing a centre in Gumbrechthoffen (Alsace, France) from expanding to double capacity. We are still undertaking legal action to have the farm closed.
"France 5" devoted a programme to European minks in September 2003. These wild minks have considerably decreased in number due to the introduction of American minks destined for the farms that succeed in escaping. Muriel Arnal was interviewed on this occasion and spoke out against the cruelty of the fur trade.