The following guidelines were updated by the Fur Commission of the United States in 2014. In 1985, the Fur Farm Animal Welfare Coalition published the nation’s first set of operating Guidelines for the benefit of domestic mink and fox producers in the United States. The Guidelines were designed to assist farmers in assuring a humane…
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
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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).
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.
The following article first appeared in the Dallas Morning News, Dec. 22, 1999, and is reproduced with permission of the Dallas Morning News. By Lucy Jones, Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News ILLULISSAT, Greenland – Salik Hans used to be a hunter. He never made much money selling the fur from the seals he…