Elisabetta Canalis Wants Italy to Close Fur Farms
Following reports of COVID-19 outbreaks on mink farms in Italy, famed Italian model and actor Elisabetta Canalis sent a letter to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte urging him to close the country’s remaining fur factory farms and ban the trade immediately.
In her letter, Elisabetta points out that fur factories are hotspots for COVID-19. Around 26,000 minks were reportedly gassed in Italy, and in Denmark, up to 17 million animals were killed after a new mutation of the novel coronavirus was discovered on fur farms and was then passed on to workers, risking the effectiveness of a vaccine. Coronavirus has also been found on fur farms in Greece, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the US.
“I would like to add my voice to those of the over 30,000 PETA supporters who have already contacted you to urge you to take action and shut down Italy’s remaining fur farms. Doing so could help protect all living beings and would certainly spare animals a lifetime of misery.”
– Elisabetta Canalis
Fur Is Dead
More than 95% of Italians oppose fur farming, and Italian designers such as Gucci, Prada, Armani, Versace, Elisabetta Franchi, and many others refuse to use fur.
“The end of fur is here, and it’s time for Italy to get in line with the times and ban this cruel, dangerous trade now,” concludes Elisabetta Canalis.
What’s Wrong With Fur
Most animals used for fur spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy cages, where they frantically pace back and forth, gnaw on the bars, and mutilate themselves before they’re electrocuted, gassed, or poisoned. Confined in these cruel conditions, they have no opportunity to engage in natural behaviour such as playing, running, finding food, or raising a family. Those who are trapped in nature may suffer for days before trappers arrive to shoot, strangle, beat, or stamp them to death.
Join Elisabetta and Speak Out
We’ll continue to keep the pressure on the Italian government until fur farms are banned. Join Elisabetta and over 30,000 PETA supporters by sending a message to Italian senior government officials: