Target: Delphine Batho, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Energy
Goal: Ban mink farming in France
In France, hidden away in the small village of Doubs, as many as ten thousand minks are farmed for their fur. These animals live in tiny cages all their lives, and animal rights activists say farms do not heed government regulations. Farmers kill these poor animals via gas chambers, skin them, and use their fur to make shawls and coats for the wealthy.
According to AVAAZ.org, owners of a particular operation in Doubs have been cited on numerous occasions for disobeying government regulations. They were found to have violated French Planning and Environmental codes in 2002, and they were asked to comply with codes once again in 2006. In 2008, they were cited for possessing too many animals at the facility, and in 2010 they were cited for operating within public forest land. Later that year, they were cited for operating a facility that creates illegal animal by-products not intended for human use. Nonetheless, the facility continues to operate, purchasing more and more animals to cage, kill and skin for mink accessories.
Mink coats can be worth thousands of dollars, and despite the protests of animal lovers, they are still popular among affluent women the world over. However, the International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the European mink as critically endangered. Its population has declined by 50% over the last three generations and is expected to decline by another 80% over the next three generations. Demand that the French government end mink farming immediately.
Dear Minister Batho,
The European mink has experienced a population loss of 50% over the last three generations, and it is expected to lose another 80% of its population over the next three generations. Nonetheless, mink farming is allowed to continue throughout France, often in cruel and inhumane conditions.
One particular mink farm in Doubs has operated for over a decade, despite its consistent failure to comply with government regulations. Minks are kept in tiny cages for the entirety of their lives, then killed in gas chambers before being skinned to make fur accessories for wealthy women around the world. This must be stopped immediately. The European mink will almost surely perish if mink farming is not made illegal immediately.
Fur farming is already illegal in places like Austra, Britain, Switzerland, and Northern Ireland. Follow their lead, and ban fur farming in France. Save what remains of the European mink population.
[Your Name Here]
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