Will welfare checks improve conditions on fur farms?
Across Europe, the fur industry is preparing to introduce a new set of welfare assessments for the animals in its care.
It hopes to reassure consumers who might otherwise shun its products. But how far do the new measures go, who is monitoring them and what reassurance do they really offer?
In a long metal shed, hundreds of light brown mink dart around within rows of wire cages. It's really quiet - only the occasional squeak can be heard.
The fate of these animals is ultimately the same as any other farmed mink. At six months old, they will be gassed and their pelts sent to auction.
But for... read more
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