An Ontario mink farm is being charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty in the wake of an investigation conducted by the Ontario Society For The Protection Of Animals (OSPCA).
The charges laid against the mink farm are for ‘permitting’ and ‘causing an animal to be in distress’, and for ‘failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention’, ‘general welfare’, or ‘appropriate sanitary conditions’ to the minks.
The OSPCA investigation began last February, after reports of poor conditions on the premises reached the animal welfare organization.
Sick and injured animals who were mishandled and poorly cared for were uncovered during the process.
In one statement, the OSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector Jennifer Bluhm said: "No one is exempt from the law when it comes to providing for the animals in their care."
The fur industry is showing signs of distress throughout much of Canada.
While this investigation follows a large scale undercover investigation conducted by the Kitchener Ontario Animal Liberation Alliance, Eastern Canadian fur farms are shutting down and unable to repay government loans.
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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