Currently, there are 13 mink farms in B.C. producing fur for international luxury markets, almost all of which are in the Fraser Valley. In 2018, over 260,000 mink were killed for fur in B.C., a practice that 85% of British Columbians oppose.
The BC SPCA is calling for a moratorium on mink farming in British Columbia through an immediate suspension of all mink farm licenses, after eight workers on a Fraser Valley fur farm tested positive for COVID-19. More than 200 mink have died on the farm, and samples from mink on the farm have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans.
The BC SPCA has written to B.C.’s Chief Veterinary Officer, the Provincial Health Officer and Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, expressing concerns for public and animal health and the need to immediately suspend all fur farm licenses.
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