Animals are Bred for slaughter
These disturbing pictures expose the macabre truth about the fur farms.
Across ten time zones, the images show the reality of mink and sable gulags – many set up during the harsh Communist past – where prized animals are bred for slaughter, bringing in millions of pounds to the Russian economy every single year.
An investigation by MailOnline also reveals the appalling conditions in which wild animals. Including different types of fox, are captured and killed.
There are certainly profits to be made: a sable ‘blanket’ sold for a record-breaking $900,000 to a royal just a few years ago. A coat at last year’s Fendi show was rumoured to have a price tag of $1.2million.
Deeply shocking photographs show up to 1,000 skinned corpses of mink from animal farm Luzhskoye in the Leningrad region of western Russia. They were left rotting on this pyre for at least three days, causing a health hazard. Such scenes barely register any shock in Russia, a country largely immune to Western raging against fur.
Thirty per cent of animals die
A hard-hitting statement from the animal rights organisation over these pictures warned.
In these fur farms the animals are condemned to ‘a complete absence of activity, constant fear, no chance to hide’. They ‘jump from side to side for hours in their cages showing their despair. ‘There is no single animal in a farm that has not gone insane or depressed. How much time could you live in a crate?
‘Thirty per cent of animals die before they grow their winter coat that the fur industry is counting on.’ Activist Emiliya Nadin said: ‘Foxes, mink, and raccoons live in small crates with metal nets instead of flooring which cuts their paws. ‘The air they breathe is poisoned with their faeces.
A significant proportion of animals are caught
A significant proportion of animals are caught in the wild, not bred on farms, and VITA say. If every woman wearing her fur coat. There is deep concern over sable farms, where it has been reported animals have been killed by lethal injection of a drug banned in the West.
This is also a farm – set up in 1928 under Stalin – where up to 16,000 highly prized sable cubs died six year ago from starvation due to a lack of forage amid an ownership crisis which led to Vladimir Putin ordering a state takeover.
Yet today, despite Western protests, there are signs that the sable industry, of which Russia has a monopoly. It is booming not declining, fuelled in part by illegal trading but also by a conscious Kremlin effort
Natural Resources Minister Sergey Donskoy said recently: ‘In 2015, sales of sable skins exceeded the limit of their production by 120 per cent.’ The farm in question is now back on its feet, with a total of 27,000 sables, including 15,800 cubs, yet conditions remain bleak, as they do in many ex-Soviet fur farms.
But Anzhelika Gorskaya, owner of the Wild Fur Association in Kamchatka, on Russia’s Pacific coast. It claimed that arguments about fur are for the West where such items are a fashion accessory.