Wednesday, May 18

76% of the Spanish population would already close the fur farms

That the political parties are behind civil society is an undeniable fact in practically all the sections of the economic, social and moral life of Spain, and it is only necessary to see what happens with the non-policies of protection of the animals of these last five years.

The announcement of the Draft Animal Protection Law last October opened a small ray of hope to have a first state rule that would address a problem that continues to multiply: abuse, violence and abandonment against living beings of very different species.

That document proposed, in a first public draft, the closure of American mink farms for the use of their skins. These enclosures are centers of pure sadism, where the mustelids remain captive for weeks, fed with their own congeners and in deplorable hygienic-sanitary conditions. What the standards of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) recommend, neither more nor less.

This same Ministry has been the greatest supporter of the lobby furrier. Thus, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the face of scientific evidence that warned that each farm with tens of thousands of animals confined was a potential biological bomb, the department dedicated itself to launching protocols and kicking forward the repeated requests from NGOs and political forces that demanded an immediate closure and the opening of business transformation procedures.

The excuse? The same one that the MAPA uses for any animal exploitation, which is nothing other than saying that an American mink farm fixes the population, which is, to say the least, a falsehood. These companies hire very few staff and much of it is temporary, responding to certain times, such as the time of animal sacrifice. In addition, the injections of foreign capital respond to the flight from Europe, where the proposed ban has been extended for reasons of health and animal protection.

In the current context, a sociological survey commissioned by the NGO Your Shelter His Life. They contacted the consulting firm IPSOS, known for multiple independent citizen opinion works, and launched a survey whose results should embarrass Minister Planas.

76% of the Spanish population would close fur farms, and an even larger majority, 87%, consider it morally unacceptable to raise and kill mink for their fur. We could say that there is a social consensus in favor of the closure of existing farms in Spain. Three out of four citizens would support the closure of facilities that have suffered numerous outbreaks of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. In some cases, such as in Puebla de Valverde (Teruel), the infection ended with the slaughter of 92,700 mink and compensation from the Aragonese government to the exploiting company of more than one and a half million euros.

Over the past year, France and Italy have banned fur farming, joining a group of 13 of the 27 European Union member states in responding to scientific evidence – showing that so-called fur species cannot see their biological needs. basic satisfied– and with ample social support, according to the opinion studies carried out in these countries.