Wisconsin Mink Farmer Exonerated
January 15, 2016
No evidence of animal cruelty was found by state authorities and it has been determined there is no reason for charges to be filed, despite complaints lodged by activists after a PETA undercover operative spent 3 months secretly filming a Wisconsin mink farm.
“We take any reports of cruelty or neglect very seriously, because our producers consider animal welfare their highest priority; excellent nutrition and care is vital to producing the high-quality mink that the U.S. is known for around the world,” said Fur Commission executive director Michael Whelan.
“We are very pleased that the authorities have moved very quickly to investigate PETA’s claims and found no evidence of any wrong doing. The Dillenburg family has been raising animals for over 40 years, and this vindication confirms once again that the animals on U.S. mink farms are treated extremely well.”
PETA campaigns against dairy, poultry and other animal production using wildly sensational claims and images to unfairly attack hard-working and compassionate American farm families. It is important to understand that PETA is not looking to improve animal agriculture, they seek to end it completely. PETA opposes any use of animals for food, life-saving medical research or even as pets.
Fur Commission USA is a national, not-for-profit industry association representing the US mink farmers. The value of US mink production topped $300 million last year.