​The Mink Facility Disease Prevention Act (Illinois)

S.B. 3262​

This bill would phase out mink farming in Illinois until it’s fully banned in January 2025.


March 13, 2024

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​​The Animal Legal Defense Fund​ supports ​this bill.​

​Sponsors:​ State Sen. Linda Holmes (D-42)
Introduction Date:​ February 6, 2024

The Mink Facility Disease Prevention Act (S.B. 3262) would phase out mink fur farming in Illinois until a full ban is implemented in January 2025.

Mink farms confine animals in overcrowded, unsanitary cages, where the animals live out their lives with no access to their natural environment and no ability to engage in natural behaviors. The results of housing minks in these poor conditions include stress-induced self-mutilation, injuries, and illness.

Mink farms also create a breeding ground for zoonotic diseases, such as COVID-19 and avian flu.

Tens of thousands of minks in the United States, and millions worldwide, have been infected with COVID-19, and they can pass a mutated form to humans. Mink-to-human transmission of the COVID-19 virus has been reported in Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United States. Minks who escape from farms are capable of infecting wild animal populations, with a wild mink captured in 2020 having tested positive for a variant of COVID-19 indistinguishable from the virus found in nearby infected farmed mink populations. Mink farms in Spain and Finland have had outbreaks of avian flu, which is particularly concerning as the U.S. is currently experiencing the largest outbreak of avian flu in its history. It is indisputable that mink farming creates a public health risk.

Additionally, mink farming is a dying industry that continues to be propped up by taxpayer money. The demand for mink fur has been in decline since the 1980s, with 2020 seeing a nearly 20% reduction in production value from the previous year. Taxpayers have unwittingly been subsidizing the industry, with millions of dollars in loan forgiveness and compensation.

​​Why is this law important? ​This bill would phase out and eventually ban mink farming, a public health hazard and inhumane practice, in Illinois.

​​For more information about animal protection legislation​ in Illinois ​and opportunities to take action for animals, visit aldf.org/​illinois.

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