A North Dakota couple wants to locate a bobcat fur farm in Montana, which has sparked national outrage. And rightly so. Fur farms are cruel, barbaric, and completely unnecessary.
A Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Game Warden estimated that the proposal has sparked thousands of comments. And although the AP reported that the FWP representative refused to say whether the comments were for or against the monstrosity, it’s pretty obvious that the comments are overwhelmingly opposed.
As the organization In Defense of Animals explains on the group’s website, “Montana is among the worst fur farming states because it allows the breeding of captive animals, including mink, foxes, lynx, and bobcats, with very little oversight or animal welfare standards.”
Animals on fur farms endure a miserable life of captivity in wire cages small enough to drive them insane. Not being able to meet their most basic needs, these animals often self-mutilate by biting at their skin, tails, and feet; they frantically and stereotypically pace endlessly; and even cannibalize their cage mates, or kill their babies.
Montana is a state full of people who love to hunt and shoot guns. We also banned fee hunting of game farm animals as unethical in 2000 by citizens initiative, so I have a hard time believing people support game farms for fur.
While the official public comment period on the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks “environmental assessment” ended Friday, it is still important that citizens make their voices heard.