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Urge Ceva to cut ties to the cruel fur industry!
Preventing the spread of disease is one of the biggest challenges for mink farmers. Disease can spread quickly on farms, where thousands of mink are closely confined in wire cages. Fur farmers depend on vaccines to protect against highly contagious and deadly diseases such as distemper, mink viral enteritis and botulism. With COVID-19 now killing mink on fur farms in the U.S. and across Europe, the industry is also counting on the development of a vaccine that will be effective against COVID-19 transmission.
Vaccine supply has long been a problem for the mink industry. In 2013, Merck Animal Health stopped producing mink vaccines, leaving United Vaccines (Verona, WI) as the only supplier of vaccines for mink farmers in the U.S. In early 2020, United Vaccines was purchased by Ceva, one of the largest “animal health” companies in the world. Ceva is also the main producer of vaccines for mink farmers in Canada and Europe.
Without commercially available vaccines, the fur industry dies.
The fur farming industry has tried to manage diseases that are made worse by the crowded, stressful and unhealthy conditions on fur farms. But you can’t fix what’s wrong with fur farming! The solution is to empty fur farms and close down the industry.
You Can Help
The fur farming industry worldwide depends on Ceva to produce the vaccines it needs to survive, but mink vaccines are a very small part of Ceva’s business. Please contact Ceva and urge the company to stop propping up an inherently cruel industry. Contact:
Jean-Charles Tissot, CEO
Ceva Animal Health – North America
8735 Rosehill Road
Lenexa, KS 66215
Phone: (800) 846-0230
Online comment form.
Post comments on CEVA’s Facebook page.
— sample letter —
“Please stop producing Distemink, Febrivac and other vaccines that target diseases common on mink farms. Fur farming is a cruel industry. Mink on fur farms are confined to tiny wire cages, where they are prevented from expressing nearly every natural behavior. Mink are often killed using inhumane methods. For ethical reasons, France, UK, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Norway, Belgium, the Czech Republic and other countries have banned or are phasing out mink farming.”
Please let us know if you receive a response.
Jan Wolanin has raised mink on a farm in Harvard, Illinois for the past 15 years. Wolanin also operated a puppy mill. In July 2019, following years of complaints from neighbors about conditions on the farm, animal control officers visited and found...