Values, Property Rights and Mink Farms

Two weeks ago “Animal Rights” activists broke into buildings on a mink farm in South West Ontario, destroyed property and released 1600 animals.

American Mink

American Mink

The security fence around the buildings was cut, hundreds of cages opened and the small animals deliberately let out on a cold, wet night.

Nursing mothers with litters were targeted. The young mink were not old enough to survive without their mother’s milk and warmth. Most of the animals were recovered but over 100 died of exposure or were run over on an adjacent road.

Further details can be found in this news article from CBC Kitchener- Waterloo

While I share most people’s distaste for breeding animals for the sole purpose of being killed for sport or fashion, I believe that it is preferable to hunting or trapping those types of animals in the wild. Captive fur-bearing animals are killed humanely and do not suffer the agony of a slow death in a trap. Captive breeding helps ensure the continuation of the species.

The reason that many people are horrified by seal culling but relatively unconcerned about crocodile hunting is the difference in the “cuddleability” factor. Baby seals, mink, chinchilla, rabbits are all cute, appealing animals ideal for cuddling. Crocodiles, snakes and cockroaches are not.

If we are completely honest, it makes no difference to the animal if it is sacrificed to provide humans with food, clothing or entertainment.

It is going to die in any case.

I am not condoning cruelty to and neglect of, animals.

I am astounded at the hypocrisy of those that break the law, damage private property and deliberately cause the death of captive animals by releasing them from their safe environment into conditions for which they are totally unprepared.

To me it’s yet another symptom of the erosion of the very values that made Western society great.

It’s also a result of the mindless following of politically correct trends fanned by the flames of social media inspired discontent.

It’s the inability of segments of the population to distinguish right from wrong.

If you are against the conditions under which fur-bearing animals are kept, there are legitimate ways to make your opinion known.

You don’t need to break the law and deliberately sacrifice animals under the wheels of passing cars to make your point.

Humans are omnivorous, an overwhelming majority of us eat meat. Animals have to die to feed us, just as other animals have to die to feed carnivores in the wild.

Like it or not, that is the way it is. That’s the reality. It has been so for thousands of years and will remain so in most of the world for thousands more.

Is there much difference in keeping a chicken or turkey in a cage until it’s ready to be slaughtered to feed us from breeding a mink under similar conditions to be killed to provide a fur coat?

It’s a safe bet that many of those who break the law to release captive animals either consume animal products or use products derived from animals in some way. Just like those who try to stop oil sands development travel to their protests in non-renewable fuel burning cars and planes.

The activists may be targeting mink farmers today. Who will they set their sights on next?

Dog and cat owners?

Horse riders?

Cattle producers?

Children with hamsters?

We can and should all work to improve the conditions of animals, domestic and wild, those reared for food and for pleasure.

But let’s keep things in perspective, recognise reality, respect property rights and keep our crusades within the law.

What do you think?

mink photo courtesy wikipedia creative commons

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  3 comments for “Values, Property Rights and Mink Farms

  1. Roberta
    June 12, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Very well said, Peter. I agree totally.

    These days insanity is the new normal. Will we ever get back our sanity????

  2. June 12, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Spot oin Peter,
    James staruss was embroiled in a discussion about his Post regardiong cat, Harvey.
    Someone jumped on the bandwagon he was being an awful person allowing Harvey to roam the forest surrounding his home because “cats kill over a billion birds…”
    A ‘scientific study that was so flawed it would pass muster in any 40 year ago high school science class….
    BUT was loudly proclaimed by the idiot-minded and woefully under-educated media.
    Artilce of Interest:
    http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2013/02/03/170851048/do-we-really-know-that-cats-kill-by-the-billions-not-so-fast
    You are on target with the “cuddly” thing.

  3. June 13, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Good point, Peter, where do we draw the line? If people believe that they are justified in taking the law into their own hands and becoming judge, jury and executioner, then civilization is not long for this world. It is an old tale that seems to be retold generation after generation…and what about the vegetable rights advocates, don’t they have a case to make against the farmers?

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