Media Statement: Monster foxes on Finnish fur farms


Statements by FOUR PAWS Wild Animal Expert Thomas Pietsch and Australia Country Director Jeroen van Kernebeek

“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.”  

Thomas Pietsch, FOUR PAWS Wild Animal Expert 

“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.” 

Jeroen van Kernebeek, Australia Country Director

FOUR PAWS Australia is the Australian representative of the global Fur Free Retailer program.

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FOUR PAWS is an international animal protection organisation with headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Founded by Heli Dungler in 1988, the organisation strives to help animals in need through work which is based on substantiated research and scientific expertise, as well as national and international lobbying. FOUR PAWS focuses on animals who suffer under human influence: stray animals, animals used in fashion, companion animals, wild animals and farmed animals.

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