Inspections following ADI exposé confirm industry failings
Three of the farms recently exposed in ADI’s Bloody Harvest – the real cost of fur investigation have been punished by the Finnish Fur Breeders’ Association (STKL), and have had their certification of responsible husbandry revoked.
This follows the release of ADI’s damning report and video, which reveal the horrors inherent in the European fur trade. The report investigated conditions in 30 fur farms in Finland – the country which supplies over 40% of the fur sold in the UK.
The immediate fallout from this decision is that the farms in question will lose all the discounts they would have been entitled to on fees charged by the auction company Finnish Fur Sales (FFS). Pertti Fallenius, the managing director of FFS, has said this could mean losses of thousands of euros for a medium-sized farm.
This positive result is the first step in a campaign that is generating support all across Europe. After launching at fashion weeks in London, Paris and Milan, ADI’s Fur Stop campaign has caught the attention of both press and public, horrified at the truth behind the whitewashed claims of the fashion industry. In the UK, industry darling and M&S model Twiggy, as well as pop star and Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon, have strongly condemned the use of fur on British catwalks. Jenni Falconer and Mary McCartney have also spoken out against the fashion industry’s continued use of fur.
Footage from the investigation along with the accompanying report, which documented horrific scenes of extreme suffering, prompted both STKL and the Finnish Food Safety Authority (EVIRA) to carry out inspections on the farms. The association’s own veterinarian inspected 28 fur farms, and found animal welfare shortcomings in six of them. Three of these farms had an STKL certificate.
At one of the farms losing its STKL certificate, fur foxes lacked a shelf inside the cage on which the animal could rest, and another housed two animals per cage, contrary to current rules. At one of the farms, an animal was found that would have needed immediate care, says the association’s executive director Tuula Dahlman.
Though the cancellation of the certificates is not necessarily permanent, the farms in question will have to wait until next autumn at the earliest to reapply. No new certificates will be granted for the present sales season.