Rethink Mink​

We are working to ban inhumane and dangerous mink farming in the United States and the European Union, as well as pushing legislative proposals. 

The Issue

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.

Read our scientific report on Mink Farming and Covid by Jim Keen, D.V.M., Ph.D. here

Actions to Take

Tell your Senators

to pass the MINKS Are Superspreaders Act

Tell your Representatives

to pass the MINKS Are Superspreaders Act

Sign Our Petition

to help us stop the least-known and most appalling form of factory farming

Read more about our campaign

Read our letter to Congressional Leaders on bipartisan amendment to the House’s COMPETES Act that prohibits U.S. mink farming due to the substantial public health risk from zoonotic mink-origin COVID-19 variants.