World’s largest fur auction house set to close

Yvonne O'Halloran

Kopenhagen Fur will close within the next three years as a result of Denmark’s mass mink cull to protect public health.

As the biggest fur auction house in the world, Denmark’s Kopenhagen Fur sold an eye-watering 24.8 million mink skins between 2018 and 2019. Fox, chinchilla, and karakul pelts were also sold in large numbers.

In a move to protect human health, closing this auction house’s doors for good will spare the lives of so many animals too.

Denmark currently produces the most mink in the world, though growing concerns over a mutation of COVID-19 present on fur farms has put pressure on the government to order for up to 17 million mink to be killed.

In an update on its website, Kopenhagen Fur stated: “Unfortunately, the loss of the Danish mink production means that the ownership base disappears and therefore, the company’s management has decided to gradually downsize the company and make a controlled shutdown over a period of 2-3 years.”

Mink farms are not only breeding grounds for deadly diseases, but also cause a great deal of unnecessary animal suffering. The closure of the world’s largest auction house hopefully signals the beginning of the end for this cruel industry.

Article written by Martha Moody- United Kingdom

 

 

 

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