WelFur’s third principle concerns mink’s health and wellbeing in regards to injuries, disease and management.
Absence of injuries
Healthy, fit and well-cared-for mink will have an intact fur, free of bodily injuries and lesions.
A WelFur assessor will check your mink for injuries and lesions.
Absence of disease
The mortality rate of your mink indicates the general health status on your farm. Diarrhoea and mobility problems are further clear signs of challenges to your mink’s health.
A WelFur assessor will inquire about the number of dead animals you have registered in a given period, and will follow up on this with a phone call at the end of the period. Moreover, the assessor will examine the manure for signs of diarrhoea, and look for mink with mobility problems or other obvious signs of disease.
Absence of pain as a result of management
Each time your mink are handled, the animals experience a stress reaction and possibly pain. Particularly when killing off mink, emphasis should be on making the process as quick and pain-free as possible for the animals – whether the killing happens in connection with pelting, disease or injury.
A WelFur assessor will check the condition and function of your euthanisation box to determine its full efficiency. The assessor will also check whether the box is being used correctly, without harming the mink unnecessarily, and whether e.g. the concentration of gas is under control.
- Make sure your mink are free of injuries or lesions.
- Make sure your mink aren’t ill – vaccinate them and look out for signs of diarrhoea and mobility problems.
- Make sure your mink aren’t caused any unnecessary pain related to management.
- Make sure you have a well-maintained and well-functioning euthanisation box available on the farm, for pelting as well as for the killing off of individual animals in emergency situations.