The Danish fur auction house Kopenhagen Fur, the world’s largest, will close its doors in two to three years to prevent animal suffering and potential implications regarding the coronavirus evolution in mink.
“Fur farms are not only the cause of immense and unnecessary animal suffering, but they are also ticking time bombs for deadly diseases, potential virus factories capable of churning out mutations of COVID-19 and even undermining medical progress towards reliable treatments,” says Dr Joanna Swabe, senior director of public affairs for Humane Society International/Europe. “Governments must end the cruel and risky fur trade for good and focus instead on supporting fur farmers as they move to humane, safe and economically viable livelihoods.”
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control published a new report exposing the link between mink and the evolution of the virus. The Kopenhagen Fur auction house, a cooperative company, is owned by 1,500 Danish fur farmers. The shut down of this important fur broker relatively soon could potentially mark the end of the fur farming industry, fur being rejected by the public since it is seen as unethical and outdated.