An animal rights organization claims it has footage of mink farms which it plans to release in the hopes of shutting the facilities down.
The Kitchener Ontario Animal Liberation Alliance [KOALA] of Soutwestern Ontario, which described the conditions as 'torturous' - says the farms haven’t been inspected ‘by any Government agency for the last six years'.
KOALA cofounder Martin Klimowicz says he's prepared to accept the consequences of illegally trespassing on five of Ontario's roughly 40 mink farms in order to film the footage.
Klimowicz believes the conditions in which the animals are kept violate the the terms set by the Ontario Society for the Protection of Animals [OSPCA].
The footage, to be released on website End Fur Farming later today, reportedly shows overcrowded, feces-laden cages of 'suffering' minks including some who are injured.
One farm also allegedly contains a puppy mill.
This PETA footage shows a US mink and fox farm
Regional Vice President of the International Fur Federation Nancy Daigneault is concerned, however, with the animals being taped with LED lighting - calling Klimowicz’s expository efforts 'a bit of an animal welfare issue'.
She said also that those who 'disagree with animal use' are 'entitled to their point of view' - but emphasized concern over Klimowicz’s break in.
Klimowicz, on the other hand, wants justice for the animals.
He said: "I will accept the responsibility and repercussions of my acts."
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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