Mink are one of the animals most commonly farmed for their pelts. Like other species farmed for fur, they are generally kept in small, wire cages. Mink are semi-aquatic animals, meaning that access to swimming water is a basic welfare requirement for their species; on commercial farms, water is never provided. Mink are solitary animals and often fight when kept in captivity, resulting in brutal injuries, cannibalism, and death. Kits (young mink) are generally gassed to death at around six months of age.