Mink Farm COVID-19 Crisis Timeline - BC SPCA
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Mink Farm COVID-19 Crisis Timeline

June 2020 In wake of COVID-19 outbreaks on European fur farms, BC SPCA warns the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Health of the risk to B.C. and need for a pandemic plan.

December 2020 First COVID-19 outbreak occurs on a B.C. fur farm.

December 2020 The Fur-Bearers, HSI/Canada, BC SPCA, and infectious disease experts call on B.C. government to end fur farming. 19,155 concerned British Columbians join the BC SPCA in calling for a moratorium on mink farming in British Columbia.

December 2020 COVID-19 outbreak occurs on a second B.C. fur farm, at least 200 mink dead.

January 2021 1000 mink culled on B.C. fur farm after outbreak.

January 2021 David Suzuki and other scientists call for an end to fur farming in B.C.

March 2021 – Breeding resumes in B.C. despite previous COVID outbreaks.

April 2021 – Union of BC Indian Chiefs calls for a moratorium on fur farming in the province.

April 2021 – Infectious disease experts and B.C. doctors appeal to the Ministry of Health about spillover risks.

May 2021 Third outbreak of COVID-19 on a mink farm in B.C.

July 2021 Animal advocates learn more about the fur industry in B.C. during webinar.

July 2021 – BC SPCA and Union of BC Indian Chiefs press the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and Premier for an update.

July 2021 – Fourth outbreak of COVID-19 on a mink farm in B.C., found via testing of escaped mink. The Public Health Officer places a moratorium on new mink farms (PDF) and the province announces a review of its policies and regulations with respect to fur farms.

August 2021 – Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farmed Mink extends deadline to move to larger cages.

September 2021 – The BC SPCA formally requests budget allocation from the provincial government to provide a dignified transition for fur farmers and workers to other sectors, leading to a ban on fur farming in B.C.

October 2021 – A group of 29 British Columbian infectious disease specialists send an open letter (PDF) to B.C. Premier John Horgan calling for an end to fur farming.

October 2021 – New provincial petition to ban fur farming in B.C. Sign now!

October 2021 – The Union of BC Indian Chiefs formally endorse a resolution that calls for phasing out of fur farming in B.C. (PDF)

November 2021 – Success! The province announces a phase-out of the mink industry.

February 2022 – New federal bill to end all fur farming in Canada introduced – currently no government action.

April 2023 – As per provincial phase-out plan, no live mink must remain on farms.

2025 – As per provincial phase-out plan, all operations must cease completely, with all remaining fur sold.

Mink kit in hands on fur farm. Stop fur farming
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