An Oregon Senate committee on Monday will consider Senate Bill 832, which would phase out mink farming in Oregon. You can submit comments to the committee here (select 4/5/2021 for the meeting date; then select SB 832; then upload comments or type into the comment box). The committee will be accepting comments through 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, but it's best to get them in before the committee's meeting, which starts at 3:15 p.m. Monday, April 5.
As talking points, we suggest:
Mink farming forces animals that are genetically suited to live a free-roaming life in the wild to live instead in small metal cages and be slaughtered after living only a fraction of their normal lives.
Large populations of highly confined mink have been found particularly susceptible to zoonotic diseases such as Covid-19, which they may then spread to people and other animals.
Confined animal feeding operations for mink are resource intensive and have other detrimental environmental impacts – more so than textiles made to serve the same function.
Fur from the mink on Oregon fur farms goes into unnecessary, luxury goods.
To see the comments we submitted, go here.
Thank you for helping us advocate for animal welfare in Oregon.