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San Francisco bans sale of fur, but Americans can’t get enough of it

Would Americans really rather go naked than wear fur? Not by a long shot. Originally Posted – 3/22/2018 on Marketwatch Maria LaMagna The city of San Francisco announced this week it’s banning the sale of animal fur products. The ordinance was made by the city’s Board of Supervisors, a legislative body in the city. It…

Furrier Yves Salomon Has A Message About The Fur Industry

Yves Salomon traces his history as a maker of artisanal furs back to 1920. His ancestor Gregory Salomon founded La Franco-Anglaise which supplied and traded pelts for the likes of Dior and Revillon. Today, the Yves Salomon brand (started by Gregory’s grandson) is sold everywhere from Harrod’s to Barney’s to Opening Ceremony and is synonymous…

Yukoners to celebrate local fur industry this weekend

Yukoners from all over the territory will be celebrating the local fur industry in Whitehorse this weekend.”We need to get back to celebrating the fact that we have a really important connection to fur in our Yukon culture,” said Kelly Milner, organizer of the new initiative, unFURled. UnFURled will hold a fur market at the…

There’s no Reason to Fake it with Fur

The global fur trade is launching a campaign that highlights sustainable high quality real fur versus manufactured plastic furs utilizing synthetic fibers made from petrochemicals. The new global campaign declares, “There’s no Reason to Fake it with Fur”.  A small vocal minority composed of activist groups are pushing fake fur as an ethical choice for…

Why Fur-lined Hoods are so Warm

With Chicago-area temperatures in the single digits or teens through the first week of the new year, every effort to preserve warmth counts. Much has been written about the long, black puffy coat and anything made by Canada Goose, but what of the fur-lined hood — is it warmer than a traditional hood?

Turns out history and science have an answer. And it’s yes.

The Fur Industry in 2 Minutes

The search for beautiful furs played a key role in North American history, but did you know that the fur trade is still important?
Today there are more than 200,000 licensed trappers across the United States.
These trappers are our eyes and ears on the land helping to keep wildlife in balance with available habitat.
Trapping is carefully regulated to ensure we use only part of the surplus that nature produces.
Only abundant fur bearers are used.
Never endangered species
Watch the video to learn more!

Should You Be Faking It?

Faux Fur is Everywhere You Look
Are You Wearing Fake Fur and Feeling Just a Tiny Bit Smug?

Celebrity designer and animal rights devotee Stella McCartney drapes it over her catwalk models, while Jude Law’s girlfriend, actress Sienna Miller, wears it to walk the dogs.

When TV star Jennifer Ellison was spotted in a wonderful powder pink faux fur jacket (at a pricey £900) she was snapped by every paparazzi at a recent showbiz party.

From H&M to Next, Zara to Accessorize, there’s hardly a High Street store that hasn’t heard the news. Fake fur, whether it be a coat with a funky collar, a trendy tippet, or a cute pair of cuffs, is fun to wear.

It’s Okay to Wear Fur

“It occurred to me that in the U.S., there is a sort of taboo concerning fur. Ironically, many of the girls at this school walk around with lamb carcasses wrapped around their feet, yet somehow it’s not okay for me to drape dead chinchillas around my neck.”

Why Fur Is Back in Fashion

Animal skins are being embraced by designers amid a push to make the lives and deaths of captive creatures more humane.
During Milan Fashion Week, one of the major exhibitions for new collections, a woman wears a coat made of mink and fox. Many women who came to see the new collections were wearing fur.
Top models who once posed for ads with slogans like “We’d rather go naked than wear fur” have gone on to model fur.

Ag is #1 with SAGES Students

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.
Now in its fourth year, the Fox Lake-based charter school has set aside a day during National Ag Week to give students in grades 4K through 8 an up close look at a diverse cross section of the state’s agriculture industry thanks to a host of presenters representing the diverse face of agriculture.
Presentations this year centered around the theme “Agriculture: How we rank #1 in the Nation”. Students rotated among seven stations that promoted hands-on exploration of Wisconsin commodities including cranberries, cheese, beets for processing, cabbage for sauerkraut, milk goats, mink and ginseng.

With razor-toothed minks running wild in Ontario, fur farmers put up $100K to rein in ‘extremists’

After animal activists once again unleashed a horde of carnivorous mink on the Ontario countryside, the Canadian Mink Breeders Association has put up a staggering $100,000 reward to rein in the “extremists.”

“These criminals don’t think that people have a right to use animals, fine, but these are domesticated animals that have been raised on farms for more than 100 generations,” said mink farmer Kirk Rankin in a Tuesday statement announcing the six figure reward to catch the “cruel and irresponsible” persons responsible.

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.

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.

Production Statistics

U.S. Mink Production, 2004-2015
Past reports are archived by the USDA here (1970 to 1975 and 1977 to current) or can be downloaded from the chart below. Click here for the latest USDA statistics (PDF format). 

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.

Activist Complaints Unfounded

Wisconsin Mink Farmer Exonerated
January 15, 2016

No evidence of animal cruelty was found by state authorities and it has been determined there is no reason for charges to be filed,

Super Duper Recyclers

How Fur Farmers Turn Waste into Beauty
Worldwide, mink and fox farmers recycle over three million tons of agricultural by-products annually.

2015 USDA Report on Mink Production

Rising Mink Prices & Production
The 2015 Mink Production Report was just released this past July 24.  The report by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, reveals that both domestic mink prices and production numbers are steadily rising.

Mink Farming is a Family Affair

Third Generation Still Caring for Mink
Bob Zimbal, president of Zimbal Minkery in Sheboygan Falls, WI believes in providing quality care to produce the highest-quality mink pelts.

The Fur Debate – Recycled

Should I wear that coat? Toss it away? Just sell it on eBay? Twenty years ago my answer would have been clear: I would have conducted a ritual burning of the mink while enveloped in a smug glow of political correctness. Read more….

Farming for Fur

Great Care is Given to the Animals’ Health
“Life on a fur farm revolves around the natural reproductive cycles of the animals,” explains the Fur Commission USA (FCUSA), a trade association representing some 400 fur-farming families across America.

High School Ag Programs Flourish as Farms Dwindle

Modern Agriculture Programs Go Beyond the Farm
High school agriculture programs sprouting across the nation’s Corn Belt are teaching teenagers, many of them in urban environments, that careers in the field often have nothing to do with cows and plows.

The Animal Rights View

All Beings Have the Right to Equal Consideration
It is said that the modern animal rights movement began with the publication of Peter Singer’s book, “Animal Liberation,” published in 1975. But the animal rights philosophy actually has its roots much deeper in history.

In Their Own Words…

Animal Rights Opinions & Perspectives
Leaders of the animal rights and Earth “liberation” movements often deny that their agendas are extreme, but their own words tell a different story.

Ho, Ho, Ho! Plastic Santa?

Should Santa Wear Fur or Faux?
HO, HO, HO! SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN. But this year, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and fashion designer Oleg Cassini (inventor of the talking watch), Santa will abandon his fur-trimmed wool garments.

PETA and the Making of a Conflict Industrialist

Gary Yourofsky Finally Lands a “Job”
Gary Yourofsky, who made his questionable contribution to society as founder of Animals Deserve Adequate Protection Today and Tomorrow (ADAPPT), is now officially on the payroll of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) and is available at garyy@peta.org. 

Cheerleading for Criminals?

Fighting Words From Animal Rights Activists
Below you will find a collection of quotes, all with one thing in common: they come from the leaders of non-profit tax-exempt public benefit charities.

In Their Own Words: Walter Bond

The North American Animal Liberation Press Office
Walter Bond: NAALPO National Press Officer since January 2011, then sentenced in February to five years in prison for arson.

Sable Prices Soar Higher

High Demand for Sable
The following extract is reproduced with permission from Sandy Parker Reports, Weekly International Fur News, Vol. 34, Issue 47, 2011.

Real Fur and the Environment

Be a Sensitive and Smart Consumer!
You can be sensitive to concerns about the Earth and smart about your clothing choices! Read on to learn why fur is nature’s most beautiful, natural fiber and one of the most environment-sensitive choices you can make!

US Mink: State of the Industry – 2010

Global Markets Pay Off for U.S. Mink Farmers The economic and financial crisis that swept the globe in 2008 is not over. The world’s largest economy, the US, continues to struggle, while debt crises in the Eurozone threaten to ignite another meltdown. But the economy of China, the biggest buyer of mink pelts and consumer of…

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) has this to say …

Dawn Carr: Fish spokeswoman My family and friends don’t order fish with me. They know that every time they stab its flesh, I want to scream. Fish are dragged along the ocean bed. They suffer excruciating decompression, their swim-bladders rupture, their eyes pop out, the esophagus and stomach get pushed through their mouths. Then they’re tossed…

Astoria, Oregon: Incendiaries Used Against Former Mink Farm

FUR COMMISSION USA PRESS RELEASE, JULY 28, 2010 At about 2:30 in the morning of Tuesday, July 27, a series of explosions echoed through the night in tiny Astoria, Oregon, destroying a family car, a boat and a barn full of equipment. A husband and wife, their son and grandmother were sleeping just yards from…

US Department of Agriculture 2010 Report

US Mink Production Edges Up, Auction Prices Rebound Strongly
The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the US Department of Agriculture has issued its latest annual report on mink production in the US, up to the 2009 crop year, sold at auction in February and May of 2010.

Culture Shock in Utah

Vegans Face Off Against Omnivores
November 30, 2009. It was the first protest Morgan City – population 3,200, incorporated in the great state of Utah in 1868 – had ever seen.

Goodbye Plastic People

Hello “Wear Your Fur Friday”
As the days grow crisp and cold, Americans celebrate the rites of Fall: Football, Thanksgiving, jumping into piles of leaves… In an annual ritual, we put away the cool cottons and silks of summer and pull out the warm wools, leathers and furs of winter. There’s another ritual now on the calendar, “Wear Your Fur Friday”!

Ban on Trade in Seal Products

Norway & Canada Request WTO Consultation on Ban
Both Norway and Canada have requested WTO dispute settlement consultations following the EU’s decision on 16 September to ban trade in seal products. The decision was first formally published on 31 October 2009, enabling Norway and Canada to now request WTO consultations. The ban will enter into force on 20 August 2010.

Who is Peter Daniel Young?

Special Feature: Activist Peter Young
Peter Young is a Straight Edge vegan who graduated from high school in upscale Mercer Island, Washington in 1995. In 1996, he was arrested in Oregon on a criminal trespassing charge and ordered to pay a $174 fine.

In Their Own Words

Animal Liberation Front Views
The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) David Barbarash: Spokesman for the North American ALF Press Office, 1999 – Jan. 2003 has this to say:

EU Seal Ban Irresponsible and Counterproductive

New Ban Will Have Ramifications for Other Industries Fur Institute of Canada, July 27, 2009 – OTTAWA: Today, the Fur Institute of Canada and representatives from Canada’s seal trade described a move in the EU to ratify a ban on commercial seal products as “irresponsible and counterproductive – a completely political move – but not…

US Mink Production, Auction Prices Dented by Economic Turmoil

Auction Prices Dented by Economic Turmoil  The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the US Department of Agriculture has issued its latest annual report on mink production in the U.S., up to the 2008 crop year, sold at auction in February and May of 2009. (Click here for the latest NASS stats – PDF format.)…

US Mink: State of the Industry – 2009

Global Economic Conditions Dent Domestic Mink Consumption
After three years of moderate output increases in response to record-breaking pelt prices and strong consumer demand in China and Russia, US mink farmers are in a wait-and-see mode as the global financial and economic crisis plays out.

Global Fur Sales Show Relative Stability Despite Economic Downturn

Relative Stability Despite Economic Downturn Data from global retail sales of full fur garments, trim and accessories for the 2007/08 season show that the industry, after 9 years of continuous growth, is not immune to the overall economic turmoil. With over $13 billion, sales figures are back to the level of 2005/2006. Analysts point a…

“Fur Free 2000” Stage Two

FUR COMMISSION USA COMMENTARY, MAY 6, 1999 THE “FUR FREE 2000” campaign of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has moved to stage two: legislation. As you recall, Christmas 1998 brought the world video clips of a German Shepherd being bled and skinned alive, supposedly somewhere in China. (1) As the dog howls,…

Norwegian Fur Farmers Content with Labour Party Resolution

Norwegian Fur Breeder’s Association Press Release April 21, 2009 – The Labour party still supports Norwegian fur farming, and we’re pleased that the largest political party in Norway has faith in our industry, says Odd Harald Nordsveen, chairman of the board in the Norwegian Fur Breeders’ Association. The annual convention of the Labour party has just…

EU Votes for Full Ban on Seal Products

Injustice is Served: EU Council Favors Political Expediency Over Science and Law

Fur Institute of Canada, March 27, 2009 –  “The decision taken today in Brussels to support a complete ban on the trade in all seal products has been made for political expediency,” says Fur Institute of Canada executive director Rob Cahill.

Cahill was responding to the decision by the Ambassadors representing European Union Member States (COREPER), a decision that is not supported by either sound science or the EU’s own legal opinion.

The Council of European Member States have voted against their own legal counsel opinion that such a ban is contrary to EU law, he said, and to a recent legal opinion by the World Trade Organization (WTO) which states that it is contrary to international law.

Despite Inuit leaders’ statements that any kind of ban with an Inuit exemption will still have a detrimental impact to their people, EU decision makers are patting themselves on the back that they have protected Inuit interests. By allowing Inuit seal products into the EU for ‘cultural purposes’ – like museums– while denying them the opportunity to sell these products into Europe for much needed income, the EU will be harming more than just East Coast fishermen.

Anti-sealing lobby groups say this decision will stop the hunting of seals. According to Cahill, this is where they are seriously misleading decision makers and the public. Seals are hunted around the world, including European countries, to manage their populations. Global seal populations are on the rise for most species and fish populations are in decline. In Canada, seals eat approximately seven times what Canadian fishermen are allowed to catch. Canadian fishing communities, who rely on declining fish stocks are also those who hunt seals – they will now be losing on both ends.

Meantime, a ban on the trade of seal products into Europe will not affect the hunting of seals for population management.

One option before the EU is to establish criteria and standards for the hunting of seals that, if met, will allow seal products to continue to be traded into the EU. This would provide an important incentive to meet the highest level of welfare, Cahill said. “Seals will continue to be hunted to manage their populations, without the incentive for best practices. So, the EU is not discouraging the killing of seals, but rather the responsible use of animals that are managed under regulated hunting programs.”

Cahill concluded by saying that, “Sadly, the EU decision is a missed opportunity to show environmental and animal welfare leadership and cultural respect.”

The Seals and Sealing Network operates under the Fur Institute of Canada, a national non-profit organization promoting sustainable and wise use principles. The Seals and Sealing Network is committed to the conservation and respectful harvesting of the world’s seal species through sound scientific management and internationally accepted sustainable use practices. It comprises government, Inuit, veterinarians, conservationists, health care practitioners and Industry representatives. For more information, please go to www.fur.ca or www.sealsandsealing.net.

Holiday Cheerless for Fur Retailers

2008 – International Fur News with Sandy Parker
The following extract is reproduced with permission from Sandy Parker Reports, Weekly International Fur News. Sandy Parker has been covering the fur industry for more than four decades.