Breaking! Millbank Fur Farm In Canada Charged With 14 Counts Of Animal Cruelty Following Investigations By Last Chance For Animals & Ontario SPCA

Millbank Fur Farm, just north of Guelph, has been charged under the OSPCA Act in connection with 14 animal cruelty-related offenses. Photo by Geoff Robins, Canadian Press

International animal rights organization Last Chance for Animals (LCA) released shocking video and photos that document appalling accounts of animal neglect at Millbank Fur Farm Ltd., in Ontario, Canada.

According to the organization, the investigation, which began in 2017 and spanned one year, is the first in-depth undercover probe of a farm that produces pelts for the Canadian fur industry.

“As is the case with many industries that exploit animals, there is little oversight and few laws that protect animals,” Hayden Hunter, LCA Director of Investigations said in a statement. “We want the world to know about the cruelty involved in the fur industry.”

Unfathomably, more than three million animals are killed annually in the country for their fur.

The footage captured in LCA’s investigation reveals numerous incidents of animal suffering and neglect, among the 40,000 mink that live, and die, on the farm. According to LCA Founder and President Chris DeRose, who narrates the video exposé, the footage shows “a blatant disregard for the animals’ health… and their endless suffering.”

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In addition to clear incidents of animal suffering, the evidence shows animals with open, untreated wounds and infections, and documents a lack of adequate and sanitary mink shelters and food. During the course of the investigation, LCA’s investigator never saw a veterinarian on site.

The Ontario SPCA also released a statement announcing that they have charged Millbank Fur Farm with 14 counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act: including five counts of permitting an animal to be in distress; two counts of causing an animal to be in distress; three counts of failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention; three counts of failing to provide care necessary for general welfare; and one count of failing to provide adequate and appropriate sanitary conditions.

“There is no excuse for failing to treat animals humanely,” said Jennifer Bluhm, Deputy Chief Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “No one is exempt from the law when it comes to providing for the animals in their care.”

To report animal cruelty, contact the Ontario SPCA’s province-wide animal cruelty hotline at 310-SPCA (7722).

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