June 29, 2004
Dear Göran Persson,
It has come to my attention that you are about to ban fur farming in Sweden. I have fought against fur for a long time, especially here in the U.S., and it made me very happy to hear that you are following in the footsteps of the many other European countries that have already banned this cruel industry.
Animals raised for fur, such as minks, foxes, and chinchillas, spend their entire lives confined to tiny, filthy cages, constantly circling and pacing back and forth from stress and boredom.Some animals even revert to self-mutilating and cannibalizing their cage-mates.In the winter, caged animals have nowhere to seek refuge from freezing temperatures, rain,and snow. During the summer, hundreds of thousands of animals endure searing heat and suffer from dizziness and vomiting before dying from heat exhaustion. Baby animals are the most common victims, as they succumb to dehydration faster.
The horrible conditions in which these fur-bearing animals are forced to live on fur farms differ substantially from their natural environments. A mink, for example, moves around a lot within a big territory, which could be a few kilometers long. Minks always live near water and use many dens.
I’m impressed with how far Sweden has come regarding issues like equality between the sexes,social justice, and the environment. I also know that most of the people in your country care about animals and are against fur farming. Getting rid of this hideous industry for good will be a natural step for Sweden.
I want you to know that there are many people abroad who look up to Sweden’s progressive
example. This fur ban will definitely strengthen your country’s reputation in the world