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An Ontario mink farm is being charged with 14 counts of
animal cruelty in the wake of an investigation conducted by the Ontario Society For The Protection Of Animals (OSPCA).

Charges

The charges
laid against the mink farm are for ‘permitting’ and ‘causing an animal to be in
distress’, and for ‘failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention’,
‘general welfare’, or ‘appropriate sanitary conditions’ to the minks.

Investigation

The OSPCA
investigation began last February, after reports of poor conditions on the
premises reached the animal welfare organization.

Sick and
injured animals who were mishandled and poorly cared for were uncovered during
the process.

In one
statement
, the OSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector Jennifer Bluhm said: “No one is exempt from the law when it comes
to providing for the animals in their care.”

Industry in jeopardy

The fur industry is showing
signs of distress throughout much of Canada.

While this investigation
follows a large scale undercover investigation conducted by the Kitchener
Ontario Animal Liberation Alliance, Eastern Canadian fur farms are shutting
down
and unable to repay government loans.

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious...