Pamela Anderson Urges Danish Prime Minister to Ban Fur
This morning, Pamela Anderson sent a letter on PETA’s behalf to Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen calling for an immediate ban on fur farming in Denmark.
The letter follows the news that a mutation of the novel coronavirus jumped from minks to humans on a Danish fur farm. Following the outbreak, Denmark announced plans to kill up to 17 million minks held at such facilities in an attempt to curb the spread of the mutated strain of the virus.
The prime minister herself warned that the new iteration of the virus could have “devastating consequences” worldwide.
In the letter, Anderson calls on Frederiksen to take immediate action:
“This situation is urgent. As honorary director of PETA [US], I hope you’ll respond by banning fur farms in Denmark, which would protect public health and spare countless animals miserable lives and violent deaths.”
Cramming animals together in filth led to the emergence of the novel coronavirus, and as this frightening development in Denmark proves, it also facilitates mutations. It’s simple: to tackle this virus and prevent future pandemics, fur farms must be closed now.
Fur Farms Are Breeding Grounds for Disease
Filthy fur farms packed with sick, stressed, and injured minks are breeding grounds for disease. The viruses that cause SARS and COVID-19 first infected humans who came into close contact with captive wildlife at live-animal markets – which represent a public health risk similar to that posed by fur farms.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that approximately 75% of recently emerging infectious diseases affecting humans originated in other animals.
A wet market
A mink fur farm
As in the case of live-animal meat markets, on fur farms, minks and other animals killed for their skin are confined to cramped wire cages adjacent to one another, making it very easy for infectious diseases to spread through the exchange of urine, excrement, pus, and blood. Animals with infections, sores, and festering, open wounds caused by the wire flooring they stand on are a common sight. Fur farmers and handlers are among those who most commonly suffer from the zoonotic bacterial disease tularaemia.
Fur Farming Is Cruel
Humans have no right to imprison minks in barren cages for their entire lives. Unable to engage in natural behaviour, they often go mad from the confinement, and some even self-mutilate, chewing on their own legs or tails as a result of the constant psychological and physical torment. They’re killed in gruesome ways, including poisoning, gassing, drowning, or even being skinned alive.
Join Pamela Anderson and PETA!
Nobody needs fur coats, pom-poms, or other frivolous fashion items, but we do need an effective vaccine for COVID-19. Join us in urging the Danish prime minister to protect the lives of humans and other animals by shutting fur farms down: