Animal Rights

Films Stir Up Debate About Mink Farms

Updated 5:23 PM

The debate over the future of Swedish minks farms has erupted again after an animal rights organization claims to have filmed dead and injured animals left in cages in many of the nation's 75 mink farms.

They claim the films revealed on Swedish television news also illustrate abnormal behaviour in the animals because of the small and overcrowded cages.

A Swedish state study earlier recommended following other nations by banning mink farming totally if the animals were not cared for.

Mink farmers here reject the criticism insisting most of the farms follow the laws and that the activists acted illegally.

But the nation's minister for agriculture has called for negligence towards the animals to stop.

Eskil Erlandsson called the agricultural ministry together for a crisis meeting on Tuesday. The authority promised to develop a plan for bettering conditions for these animals. Erlandsson says he wants to quickly attend to this situation and put more money towards supervision.

"What we're seeing in the pictures is not consistent with Swedish law," he said, vowing to have daily contact with his ministry to make sure the issue is taken seriously.

In an opinion piece in the daily tabloid Aftonbladet, Left party leader Lars Ohly wrote that if the situation is not quickly attended to, Erlandsson should resign.

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