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Animal Welfare in Canada's Mink Industry

Canada Mink Breeders Association Position

The Canada Mink Breeders Association (National Association of Canadian Mink Farmers) believes in the responsible and sustainable use of animals to meet our intrinsic needs as human beings. This responsibility includes incorporating good animal welfare practices into the farm operations of members. This is important from a moral perspective and also makes good business sense, as a contented animal (whether cows producing milk or mink producing fur) will produce a better product than an animal under stress.

National Code of Practice

The revised Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Mink (Le Code de pratiques pour le soin et la manipulation des visons d'elevage) is now available. Copyright is jointly held by Canada Mink Breeders Association and the National Farm Animal Care Council (2013).

In Canada, farmers abide by the minimum industry standards outlined in the National Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Mink, to ensure that animals are well cared for, and harvested humanely.  This code was developed under the auspices of Agriculture Canada with the collaboration of producers, government departments, animal-welfare agencies, and veterinarians and scientists. Scientific research findings are the basis for these standards.

This code addresses animal health and welfare concerns, namely; accommodation, food and water, care and supervision, health care, hygiene and sanitation, transportation of live mink, and euthanasia.  This code is in the process of being revised via a similar process.  This is being facilitated by the National Farm Animal Care Council through the Canadian Animal Health Coalition.

Origin Assured

In today's global markets consumers are increasingly demanding information about the products they are buying. They expect information on where products are sourced, openness and transparency in the way they are produced and assurance on the humane treatment of animals.

OriginAssured"The Origin Assured program is a demonstration of the fur industry's commitment to these same principles.

Possibly the single most important initiative ever to emerge from the fur industry, the program gives assurance that the fur in a garment or fur product that bears an OA™ mark, originates from a country where national or local regulations or standards governing fur production exist.

Only fur from approved species, sourced from approved countries, and sold through participating auction houses, is entitled to carry the OA™ mark.

The Code of Practice was developed in co-operation with the Canadian Agri-Food Research Council (CARC). More information can be found from the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) whose mandate is to provide a national coordinated approach, promoting responsible farm animal care. NFACC works to build processes that facilitate Canada's agriculture industries in addressing farm animal care through an inclusive approach involving the entire value chain.

The Canadian Animal Health Coalition is a not for profit organization serving Canada's farmed animal industry. The organization is a partnership of organizations all recognizing a shared responsibility for an effective Canadian animal health system.