An activist said that Mink died in the midst of shocking scenes of cannibalism and self-mutilation on what is believed to be the largest fur farm in the world.
Yevhen Zenia said he experienced suffering and death every day during three months undercover at the Goreczki, Poland site.
It is believed to be home to 500,000 minks, and the footage he shot for the Open Cages group is so harrowing that Poland’s largest political party, Law and Justice, is now backing a bill banning fur farming.
And Yevhen is now calling on Britain to ban the sale of fur to end the disease-causing trade.
He said, “I have seen death every day since I arrived. It was very difficult for me. The circumstances of death were different. Some died from food poisoning, others from cannibalism. “
Prosecutors in Krotoszyn County sent the veterinarian Andrzej Zarnecki to inspect the farm.
He said, “There are no shortcomings that require action. Nothing would mean that something bad was going on there. “
But Yevhen’s footage shows thousands of minks crammed together in tiny cages, some of which foam in their mouths.
Dead animals lie below them and dogs chase frightened minks that have escaped from their cages.
He also saw animals eating Cagemate alive – some paralyzed or with cruel gashes.
Another clip shows shelves full of dead minks in a makeshift “hospital” where the sick and injured have to die.
Poland is the third largest fur producer after China and Denmark and kills five million animals annually. Almost 22 million pounds of fur has been exported to the UK in the past five years.
But the leader of justice and justice, Jarosław Kaczynski, is now pushing for bipartisan unity against the cruelty of the fur farms.
Polish director of Humane Society International, Iga Glazewska, said: “The disgusting images speak for themselves and totally contradict the PR spin of the fur trade by selling the myth of fur as a“ natural ”or“ welfare product ”.
“There is nothing natural about a wild animal in a tiny cage with open wounds and expressions of psychological distress. The message from Poland is clear: people will no longer accept that animals are kept inhuman and killed for fashion. “
Yevhen called on the UK government to ban the sale of fur, saying, “After seeing the wildness of this industry from the inside, I can tell you there is no welfare. Wild animals do not belong in cages. That’s why I fully support a #FurFreeBritain. “
Claire Bass, UK director of HSI, is working with The Mirror to change the fur sales law here.
She said, “This is one of the most appalling animal sufferings and neglect I have ever seen.
“The British government must send a clear message that we will not deal with such obscene cruelty by banning the sale of fur.”