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By Heidi Yanulis | July 9, 2021
PETITION TARGET: The U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee Chair Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ)
In overcrowded and disease-ridden fur farms, helpless newborn mink are jammed into tiny, metal cages and held there until they’re slaughtered at about six months old. Their lives are filled with fear, stress, parasites, and illness.
But now, a bill making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives would ban the cruel and inhumane treatment of minks in the United States, effectively abolishing mink farming and eliminating a potential source of new COVID-19 variants in these horrifying facilities.
The bipartisan Minks In Narrowly Kept Spaces are Superspreaders Act — introduced by Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Nancy Mace (R-SC) — would ban the import, export, transport, sale, or purchase of mink in the United States, delivering a death blow to the domestic mink fur industry if fully enforced.
If passed, the United States would join a growing list of nations that have already banned mink farming.
The market for mink and other furs has shrunk in recent years as major fashion companies — including luxury giant Neiman Marcus — are moving away from selling animal furs. Opposition to fur farming also has increased in recent years over growing concerns that COVID-19 spreading among mink and other farmed animals could lead to deadly mutations of the virus.
It’s time to end mink fur farming in the United States.
Sign this petition urging the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee Chair Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) to support this critical legislation that could save countless mink and human lives.