5,000 Foxes: The Transaction of a Mercy Release Rescue
Animal activist beams after successfully negotiating the release of a raccoon dog pup during a massive rescue at fur farms in northern China, 2018.
Caged foxes awaiting transport at a fur farm in northern China, 2018.
In this instance, the transaction was a ‘win-win’ for both parties. An unexpected byproduct of our customer status that day was the almost jarring candidness with which one of the fox farmers spoke to us about her work. It was unlike anything I had ever encountered, and likely won’t again. We filmed the rescue, its scale and the volunteers who made it happen. We spoke to the workers, who laid bare the realities of fox farming. We filmed the foxes and raccoon dogs who would be left behind, sometimes just one cage shy of the cutoff, and we realized that the 5,000 rescued was just a drop in the bucket.
Their lives were made visible to us for this one fleeting window.
Mink cub at a fur farm in northern China, 2018.