15 September 1998
Three out of four want end to mink farming

By FWi staff

THREE out of four people want the Government to ban mink farming, according to an opinion poll released today (Tuesday). The survey found 75% of those questioned want an end to the farming of mink for fur.

The poll covered a nationally representative sample of more than 1000 adults. It was carried out by NOP Solutions for the animal welfare group Compassion in World Farming (CIWF).

CIWF political and legal director Peter Stevenson said he would be urging the Government to include a clear commitment to ban within the next 12 months. “The large majority of the British public supports our campaign,” he said.

Earlier this summer, junior farm minister Elliot Morley pledged to honour the Labour Partys pre-election promise of an end to fur farming. But the Government must first grant sufficient time for such a bill to clear Parliament.

There are currently 15 mink farms in the UK.