We are determined to ban mink farming in the United States and the European Union, and we are pushing legislative proposals in both political domains. Mink farms are inhumane, with these wild, solitary, territorial animals kept in small, barren cages that create such stressful and unnatural conditions that the animals exhibit high levels of aggression, including cannibalism.
Mink are bilateral transmitters of SARS-CoV-2 and a serious risk of spreading the virus and incubating variants. Prior to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, there were approximately 60 million mink killed worldwide for their pelts with Europe producing half the output and the United States five percent. In 2020-21, there have been viral outbreaks on more than 440 mink farms in the West, with at least three variants developing in Denmark, France, and the United States.