Non-Profit Trade Association

Dec 06, 2009 Comments Off on Non-Profit Trade Association


Fur Commission USA is a non-profit trade association representing 400 mink-farming families on over 300 farms in more than two dozen states. Through their cooperatives, North American Fur Auctions and American Legend, these farmers market 3 million of the world’s finest mink pelts valued at almost $200 million to wholesalers in over 30 countries.

Our volunteer board and committees work to ensure superior standards of animal husbandry through our own certification program, and to educate the public about responsible fur farming and the merits of fur.

Farmed fur is a natural fiber and an environment-friendly resource. By feeding domesticated carnivores the “leftovers” from human food production (beef, fish, dairy, poultry), fur farmers reduce the environmental impact of the agricultural sector as a whole. And when your fur jacket comes to the end of its long life, it’s biodegradable too.

Fur farmers also make an important contribution to wildlife conservation. Farmed fur complements fur harvested as a part of wildlife management. By stabilizing prices in times of heavy demand, fur farmers help wildlife managers focus on ecological needs, not on market demands. As if that were not enough, fur is a superior insulatorthat is durable and exquisite to look at and touch. It’s not by chance people the world over love fur!

Contact: Teresa Platt, Executive Director, Fur Commission USA, PMB 506, 826 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118-2698 USA. Tel: (619) 575-0139. Fax: (619) 575-5578. E-mail: [email protected].

FAQs : Frequently Asked Questions
Sensitive and Smart
Six good reasons why environment-friendly consumers choose fur.

Fur Facts One-stop look at all aspects of the fur industry. (PDF format)

Mink Farming in the USA
Four-page leaflet produced by FCUSA.(Revised November 2005, PDF format)

STATISTICS: Including US mink production, US retail sales and global retail sales.


Dec. 22 (News): The Dutch fur farmers’ last stand. The Netherlands is one of the biggest mink farming nations in the world but the industry is under attack. NRC Handelsblad. (Outside link)

Dec. 22 (News): Holiday selling is cheerless for fur retailers. Sandy Parker Reports, Vol. 32, Issue 40.

Dec. 9 (Perspectives): Fur and against. Liz Hurley is back in the headlines for advertising it. But fur is part of our heritage. Sunday Times.

Dec. 8 (Perspectives): Making the case that wearing fur can be eco-friendly. Calgary Herald.

Nov. 24 (News): “Fur is green!” Campaign promotes trade’s ethical, ecological values. Fur Council of Canada press release.

Oct. 31 (Press clips): Nothing to fear but fur itself. National Post (Canada). (Outside link)

Oct. 28 (Press clips): Marketing campaign urges buyers to warm up to fur. Canwest News Service. (Outside link)

Oct. 23 (News): World mink production slips for first time in decade.

Oct. 21 (Perspectives): Plastic bags on our backs. FCUSA commentary.

Oct. 20 (News): Fur Institute motion urges governments to practice what they preach. IUCN again calls on members to base policies on science. Fur Institute of Canada press release.


Center for Consumer Freedom news ticker – for the biggest breaking stories on the animal rights movement vs everyone else.


Flyer updated! Dec. 4: Animal rights & eco-terrorism: the price we pay.
Calendar updated! Oct. 25: Revised 2009 auction schedule
Flyer updated! Oct. 24: Mink Farming in the US.

Recommended Winter Reading!
Now featuring …

“Ho, ho, ho! Plastic Santas?” A seasonal look at “Evolutionary Fur” – guaranteed 100% unnatural! By Teresa Platt, Executive Director, FCUSA. (November 1998)

Fur ethics. By Delia Montgomery, Chevy Chaser Magazine. (November 2001)

Have Yourself a Furry Little Christmas! By Jane Chastain for WorldNetDaily. (December 2005)