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Published on Aug 19, 2014

This mink was rescued from a fur farm where he was destined to die a horrible death. Minks are semi-aquatic and most of them will never be able to experience the simple joy of fulfilling their natural instinct to swim. Click Show more to read what this mink's life would have been like...


Upon hearing the word farm, most people imagine an picturesque scene: green hills, red barns, contented animals lazing in the sun.

But life (and death) on a fur "farm" is anything but idyllic for the foxes, mink, and other animals imprisoned there. Also disingenuously referred to as fur "ranches," these facilities are more akin to industrialized torture camps.

On U.S. fur farms, one of the most frequently used methods of killing animals is electrocution: the "farmer" puts a metal clamp in an animal's mouth, a metal rod in the anus, and sends a high-voltage current surging through the body. Sometimes the power surge forces the rod out of the anus, so the procedure must be repeated to kill the animal. Other commonly-employed techniques include homemade gas chambers, such as a box hooked up to a tractor exhaust pipe; lethal injection of various chemicals that kill through paralysis, which can result in immobilized animals being skinned alive; and neck breaking.

To cut costs, fur farmers pack animals into small cages, preventing them from taking more than a few steps back and forth. This crowding and confinement is especially distressing to minks—solitary animals. The anguish and frustration of life in a cage leads minks to self-mutilate—biting at their skin, tails, and feet—and frantically pace and circle endlessly and may result in cannibalism to escape the other minks. The minks are born and die this way. They are slaughtered every year in November to be processed for winter coats.

This mink was saved when viewers donated money toward rescuing a ranch ostrich (a project which was not successful this year, but will be put on hold to next). The left over money was used to pull this baby mink from the farm and save him from this horrible fate. Minks are slaughtered every November to be processed for winter coats- but he will not be one of them. He will get to experiences all the joys of life. Thank you again to those that donated.

For more information on Zodiac the mink check out the following:

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