This week, Hungary introduced a preemptive ban on farming mink, ferrets (polecats), foxes, and coypu. Whereas these animals are usually not at the moment farmed for fur within the nation, Hungary’s Ministerial Commissioner of Animal Safety Péter Óvári made the announcement as a measure to mitigate the unfold of zoonotic illness after the COVID-19 virus (and mutations of it) had been discovered on mink fur farms in various nations, together with the Netherlands, Denmark, the United States, Italy, France, Greece, and Spain. Each the Netherlands and Denmark have killed hundreds of thousands of mink in an effort to cease the unfold of the mutated COVID-19 virus—which might show detrimental to any future vaccines.
“Though these species are usually not at the moment farmed for fur within the nation, this ban is extra than simply image politics as a result of there’s a very actual and current hazard that fur farmers from elsewhere in Europe could try to maneuver their operations to Hungary and arrange store there,” Joanna Swabe, Senior Director of Public Affairs for Humane Society International (HSI) Europe, stated. “It is a precautionary measure that shuts the door to that taking place, and that could be a good consequence for human well being and animal welfare.”
Hundreds of chinchillas—who’re exploited in the identical means as different fur-bearing animals—are bred for fur in Hungary and are noticeably absent from its fur ban, leaving the nation inclined for future zoonotic ailments. “For so long as the animal exploitation of fur farming is tolerated, the potential for reservoirs of animal to human pathogens will persist,” Swabe stated, “and so HSI hopes that the Hungarian authorities may also contemplate strengthening its ban by shutting down the nation’s chinchilla fur farms too, and make fur farming historical past in Hungary.”
Stateside, contaminated mink have been discovered on 15 farms in Utah, Wisconsin, and Michigan. State officers in Utah and Wisconsin have insisted that the unfold of the COVID-19 virus from animals to people—which was the case within the Netherlands and Denmark—is minimal and have did not act in any significant means, in response to animal-rights teams the Humane Society of the US (HSUS) and Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF). “This lack of motion is making a public well being threat for the employees and for the American public. It is usually leading to added struggling for the mink caged on these fur farms,” HSUS CEO Kitty Block and HSLF President Sara Amundson stated in a joint statement. “The US authorities, too, ought to instantly take steps to cease the unfold of the virus on fur farms, and press for closing down the nation’s fur trade. We already know that US demand for fur is dropping yearly with an increasing number of People turning to fur options. The coronavirus has proven us that fur’s ailing results stretch far past animal struggling, and there’s no cause in any respect to let this cruelty proceed for a day longer.”