Meet the people

CATHERINE MOORES

Mink farmer

“I think if people came to visit the farm…they would be surprised by how well the mink are fed, and by the amount of time and effort that goes into giving them a good life”

 

 

RON GENGEL

Mink farmer and past president (until 2018) of Fur Commission USA

“Mink eat food that would otherwise be wasted; they are nature’s recyclers!”

 

 

DR. DAVE MACHATTIE

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

“People don’t know about how much care goes into mink farming.”

 

 

DR. HUGH HILDEBRANDT

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

“We continually do research into welfare; we are always trying to do things better.”

 

 

DAN MULLEN

Mink farmer, president of the Nova Scotia Mink Breeders Association, and director of Canada Mink Breeders Association

“We’re very proud of how we care for our mink keeping them clean, well-nourished and happy. ”

 

 

KIRK RANKIN

Mink farmer, and president of Canada Mink Breeders Association

“You have to be committed to the animals to do a good job. Otherwise you’re out of business.”

 

 

MICHAEL WHELAN

Executive director (2010-2021), Fur Commission USA

“Mink farming is a family business…These are individual families and they’ve been doing it for generations. Many farms you can go to right now will have three generations working on a farm. It really is a heritage industry”

 

 

SCOTT GAMROTH

Mink farmer, and president of the American Mink Council.

“The true animal lovers are the mink ranchers. We pour our soul into our job.”

 

GERARD TRIMBERGER

Mink farmer

“Mink farmers actually recycle food wastes to create a beautiful natural product.”

 

 

BOB ZIMBAL

Mink farmer, and president of Fur Commission USA (2022)

“It’s in the farmer’s best interest to give their animals the best veterinarian care. ”

 

 

JOHN EASLEY

Mink veterinarian, and director of research (2022) for Fur Commission USA

“We’ve done a lot of research on how to satisfy all the needs of our animals.”