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e-3064 (Animals)

Initiated by Janice Martens from Leduc County, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The plight of millions of mink in Europe has been highlighted in the news around the world due to the mink being culled after the spread of COVID-19 on mink farms between mink and between mink and humans;
  • In December 2020, a COVID-19 breakout was confirmed at a mink farm in the Fraser Valley, BC, where eight workers were also infected;
  • Scientists confirm there is a real risk of a mutation of the virus occurring by these human to mink, back to human transmissions that could adversely affect the success of future vaccines;
  • Mink are intelligent and curious animals native to Canada and are far ranging in movement in their natural setting;
  • However, on these farms, mink are kept in small wire, feces-covered cages tightly stacked together, stressed and often sick and injured, for their entire existence which lasts approximately 8-12 months before they are killed for their pelts;
  • Several countries, including the United Kingdom, Croatia, Austria, France, Slovakia, Norway and most recently the Netherlands, have already implemented bans on mink farming; and
  • According to a Northstar Research Partners poll published in July 2020, 80% of Canadians do not support capturing, breeding, and trading wild animals for either the exotic pet industry or for their fur.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to ban the farming of mink in the entire country.
Open for signature
March 25, 2021, at 3:03 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 23, 2021, at 3:03 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Nathaniel Erskine-Smith
Beaches—East York
Liberal Caucus
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