The Fur Council of Canada is coming forward after recent revelations that thousands of mink and dozens of foxes are living in filthy conditions at a fur farm in the community of St. Jude, near St. Hyacinthe in the Montérégie region.
The SPCA was alerted to the situation in May, and the Quebec wildlife ministry says it's monitoring the farm.
Alan Herscovici with the Fur Council says he's disgusted with the revelations. He says the industry has a code of conduct which it takes very seriously.
And there are reasons why.
"The only way to have a good quality fur is to give the animals excellent, excellent care," he says.
The SPCA alleges the animals are going without some basic needs, like water. Some of the animals are emaciated; still others nursing cuts and wounds.
Herscovici says some other fur farmers aren't happy with the St. Jude farm's owner.
"All the mink farmers feel...they want farms to be properly run they want consumers to feel totally confident as well, that when you're buying fur, you know that the animal has been well cared for," he says.
Herscovici adds he's confident that the the St. Jude farm is an aberration — and not representative of the industry as a whole.