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A bill is in the final stages of the government in Poland to ban mink fur farms. A Polish bill is on the table after undercover footage from the largest farm in Poland was released to the public.

According to activists, the film showed “cannibalism, aggression, self-aggression, open wounds and paralysis of minks’ limbs.” If passed, the bill will ban fur farming in a year. Mink are the largest group of animals on Polish fur farms, over 6 million mink on farms across the country. Fur farming has been on the decline in Poland partly due to decreased demand in Europe.

See footage from a mink fur farm:

Source: mlimah/Youtube

Anna Iżyńska of Otwarte Klatki (Open Cages), the Polish office of the international NGO, was quoted in the Guardian as saying, “Fur animals are typically killed in November and December, so we hope this year’s cull might be the last, depending on when the law will take effect. We are happy because that’s what we have been fighting for the past nine years.” Farmers are against the ban for economic reasons. There are approximately 800 fur farms in Poland, 700 of which would be affected by the ban.

Mink have been making headlines in Europe throughout the pandemic. Farms in the Netherlands have become breeding grounds for coronavirus outbreaks. Read more about mink and fur farms during coronavirus, including the coronavirus spread through Dutch farms, a million mink killed by Dutch fur farms during coronavirus, and the Dutch government’s previous statement on mink and the coronavirus. 

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