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Media Statement: Monster foxes on Finnish fur farms

Statement from FOUR PAWS Wild Animal Expert Thomas Pietsch:


“FOUR PAWS is shocked by the newly published pictures of agonised polar foxes in Finland. The upsetting footage, obtained by the local animal rights group 'Oikeutta eläimill’, shows extremely obese animals locked in tight cages without room to move. In the wild, polar foxes normally reach a weight of roughly four kilos. Due to deliberate breeding for the largest possible amount of fur, the animals reach a weight of up to 20 kilos on Finnish fur farms. As a result, the so-called monster foxes suffer from heavily folded skin, severe eye infections and badly malformed feet.”  

FOUR PAWS Australia Country Director Jeroen van Kernebeek:
“Despite being one of the most well-known animal welfare issues, fur remains prevalent in many countries with new markets appearing in China, Russia and South Korea, and even Australia. A fur collar on the hood of a jacket or the small furry bobble on a handbag is not always faux. The amount of real fur 'hidden' in modern fashion in this way requires a staggering number of animals to suffer and die.”
“Distressed animals, such as those shown in these horrific images, usually end up as fur trim for luxury brands like Burberry, Prada or Chanel. Given these cruel images, FOUR PAWS urges these companies to follow the positive examples of Armani, Gucci and Versace and stop using real fur in their fashion collections.”
FOUR PAWS Australia is the Australian representative of the global Fur Free Retailer program.
All images © Oikeutta eläimille

For more information, images or videos, please contact:

Elise Burgess
Head of Communications
FOUR PAWS Australia
T: 02 9198 4417

© Oikeutta eläimille

© Oikeutta eläimille

© Oikeutta eläimille