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  • Mink Farm Attacked Illinois

    Animal Rights Extremists Pair Took Law into Their Own Hands

    FBI Alert 6/10/2016 – When a family-owned mink farm in Illinois was attacked by animal rights extremists in 2013, 2,000 minks were released from their cages and a barn was spray-painted with the words “Liberation is Love.”  Last year, Johnson, 28, pled guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison. Lang, 27, also pled guilty and was sentenced to six months of home confinement. In February 2016, Buddenberg and Kissane both pled guilty in San Diego federal court to conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. They are awaiting sentencing.

  • Ag is #1 with SAGES Students

    FOX LAKE

    Most folks easily recognize Wisconsin as the nation’s top cheese producer.

    Students attending School for Agriculture and Environmental Studies (SAGES) in Fox Lake can rattle off at least a dozen commodities in which the Badger state ranks No. 1 including cranberries, mink pelts and milk goats.

  • Buddenberg sentenced for 2013 farm attacks

    In the summer and fall of 2013, two California animal rights extremists traveled over 40,000 miles across the country attacking mink farms.  By the end of their crime spree, over 5,000 domesticated mink had been removed from their pens to suffer and die by starvation and dehydration; by predators or on roadways.

  • Fur and Shearling Take Center Stage at 2016 Fashion Weeks

    Fur and shearling made their mark across all four leading Autumn-Winter 2016 (AW 16) fashion weeks, with an estimated 70% of collections overall featuring the natural material. Considering that fur was also hugely prominent during the menswear AW 16 collections earlier in the year, it’s clear that designers and consumers are enjoying using and wearing natural materials in greater numbers.

  • Animal Welfare vs Animal Rights

    What’s the Difference?

    For the last 50 years or more, the debate has raged over the role of animals in human society, with particular reference to the ways in which we use them for our benefit.

  • The Colors of Mink

    A Rainbow of Choices

    As with developing an appreciation for the different colors and varieties of fine wines or diamonds, consumers can become just as discerning when choosing a mink garment or trim – choosing from an amazing spectrum of colors.

  • Humane Care Certification

    What is the Humane Care Merit Award Certification Program?

    The fur industry’s Humane Care Merit Award program, launched in 1989, was one of the first formalized humane care certification programs in U.S.

  • Grading Mink

    How to SuCCeeD!

    Prior to selling a mink crop, an auction house will subject pelts to close scrutiny and sort them into groups, or bundles, of the same quality. For a farmer to do well during grading, he must focus on four points all year long: Size, Color, Coverage and Density.

  • Animal “Snuff” Films

    Do They Depict Reality?

    These are films are the stuff of nightmares… animal life being taken, legally and illegally, “Animal snuff films” feature footage that is sometimes real but is too often staged.

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Facts & Figures About Farmed Fur

One of the greenest sectors of America’s agricultural industry.

275

Fur Farms
2013

4.4M

Pelts
2014

22

States
2013

$350M

Crop Value
2014

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