Animal rights activist goes naked to protest against mink farms in Spain

Activist surrounded by crosses to protest against the fur industry, Spain, photo: Reuters/Albert Gea
Activist surrounded by crosses to protest against the fur industry, Spain, photo: Reuters/Albert Gea

An animal rights activist stripped naked and covered herself in fake blood in Barcelona on Thursday in a protest against the fur industry in Spain. She held a placard reading “For the closure of all fur farms.”

The protest was organized by the animal rights group AnimaNaturalis. The naked activist sat in central Sant Jaume Square with a series of crosses with photos of animals killed in the fur industry placed behind her.

The group demands the closure of all mink farms in Spain, 37 in total. Next to Denmark, the Netherlands, Greece and Ireland, Spain was also one of the European countries where the coronavirus was detected at mink farms.

AnimaNaturalis wants the Spanish government to close all the mink farms, like other countries have done, to end the spread of the virus and to end the cruelty that happens behind closed doors.

More than 93 thousand minks have been killed because of the coronavirus in July, according to the group.

Mink have a great need for hunting, swimming and diving in water. In the fur industry, they’re kept in small cages from the moment they’re born till they die. They don’t spend even a minute in nature.

The animals become so stressed over their unnatural life in a cage at a fur farm that many develop compulsive behaviors and hurt themselves or their children in frustration. 

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