Call for fur trade ban
1 December 2004, BRUSSELS – The Belgian branch of animal rights group GAIA has called for a country-wide ban on the fur trade.
1 December 2004
BRUSSELS – The Belgian branch of animal rights group GAIA has called for a country-wide ban on the fur trade.
GAIA - Action Group in the Interest of Animals - has highlighted the suffering of animals raised in fur camps in Scandinavia and Belgium in new video footage.
The undercover filming shows animals suffering in unbearable conditions for the fur trade.
Foxes in captivity are shown to be nervous and turning round endlessly in their cages.
This, says GAIA, is "obvious proof of mental suffering and a bad quality of life."
The organisation says the reality of the animals' conditions is even worse.
They are forced to survive in small cages of 86 cm width and a height of 30 or 40 cm.
As a result, the animals fight among themselves or turn to self-mutilation.
Injured animals are often left to die in the mucky mire of their cages.
The animals are either killed for their fur by strangulation or, in the case of foxes, by anal electrocution.
GAIA has now presented its video footage to the Federal Minister in charge of animal welfare, Rudy Demotte.
According to a recent poll, 79 percent of Belgians would favour a ban on the raising animals for the fur trade.
Demotte is holding fire on introducing a ban for the moment but has asked GAIA to provide proof of animal mistreatment, with the view to possible sanctions.
[Copyright Expatica 2004]
Subject: Belgian news