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Anti-fur group slams MP's 'blood money' mink farm trip

ANIMAL rights activists lambasted a Tory MP yesterday for going on a fur trade fact-finding trip to Denmark “paid by blood money.”

Philip Davies accepted a donation from the British Fur Trade Association said to be worth more than £1,200 to visit a mink farm in capital Copenhagen to see how the animal is kept, treated and killed. 

Other activities on the three-day visit during the Easter recess include attending a fur auction and fur design studio.

Mr Davies said he was “quite old fashioned” and believed people should make decisions on issues based on “facts and evidence, not prejudice.”

But the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) labelled Mr Davies’s decision to go on a trip “paid for by blood money” as “shameful,” claiming he would have been shown the most sanitised fur farms.

A Peta spokesman said undercover video footage recently recorded on Danish farms had shown minks with legs, tails and ears bitten off along with other health problems, and suggested Mr Davies should watch the footage for a “genuine education.”

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