26 February 1999
Mink no worse off than pets, admit activists

THE World Society for the Protection of Animals has admitted that animals kept on fur farms are often no worse off than many domestic animals – including pet rabbits, ferrets, some livestock and zoo and circus animals.

The admission comes as MPs prepare to debate a private members Bill proposed by Maria Eagle, a Labour MP who aims to outlaw the farming of animals for fur.

The Bill is expected to get government support.

Animal welfare minister Elliot Morley has made clear his intentions to end fur farming “as soon as practicable”.

But fur farmers have attacked the proposed legislation, which will destroy 13 mink farming businesses, describing it as “Draconian”.