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…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Interview Requests: KEITH KAPLAN / Director of Communications Fur Information Council of America firstname.lastname@example.org or (323) 646-7791 San Francisco Says NO To Sustainability Thursday April 4, 2018 Los Angeles, CA — In an era when the public is overwhelmingly aware of the environmental and social costs of mass- produced fast…
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…
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 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…
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…
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 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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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…
If an organization truly cared about the health and welfare of animals, one would imagine they would be pretty big supporters of veterinarians, right?
“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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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…
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 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…
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. There are fundamental differences between the Animal Welfare viewpoint and the Animal Rights philosophy. Fueling the debate still further has…
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.
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).
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.
Undercover Videos: Concerned Citizens or Shameless Self Promoters? In this age of “shock imagery” being used to promote political agendas, it’s easy to paint an entire industry by the actions of a single actor.
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.
Humans & Animals Are Inextricably Tied Together People are part of the natural world, and our relationship with animals is defined in large measure by the natural order.
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,
FCUSA Calls for Swift Investigation American mink farmers are committed to providing best possible care for their animals.
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.
Sustainable Mink Ranches Targeted The fur industry finds the need to increase security to cope with threats of animal rights activists.
Hand Crafted Works of Art Great care is given to selecting and processing each pelt that will be used to make a garment.
Nearly 500 Designers Presented Fur in Fall 2015 Collections Bolstered by healthy retail gains in 2014, U.S. fur retailers are positioned for another strong selling season in 2015-16.
How Fur Farmers Turn Waste into Beauty Worldwide, mink and fox farmers recycle over three million tons of agricultural by-products annually.
We all belong to the same bare race. We all, ultimately, care for the same things, and we are all naked apes, the children of fur.
Animal Rights Activists Accused of Going on Cross-Country Spree Defendants drove 40,000 miles to release thousands of mink from farms in Iowa, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota and elsewhere.
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.
An Interview With a Mink Farmer There are many factors to take into account when considering the ethics of raising animals for fur.
Extremists Seek to Impose Their Views “Demonstrate against Saks Fifth Avenue’s Summer Fur Promotion.”
Fur: Has a New Generation Shrugged Off the Old Stigma? New statistics from the International Fur Federation suggest a once-reviled industry is thriving.
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.
Mark Oaten, CEO of the International Fur Trade Federation Sets the Record Straight. The fur industry is regularly accused of skinning animals alive
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….
U.S. Mink Manufacturers Eye Growing Chinese Demand 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.
Overwhelming Resurgence of Fur On the Runways The prominence of the fluffy stuff on the runways translated into some serious dollars this season.
Campaign Shows the Modern Face of Fur The International Fur Federation (IFF) has developed a global fashion campaign to communicate the modern face of fur and to break down stereotypes around what fur is and who wears it.
Fish Waste Is Going to Waste In Norway, farmed fur animal producers purchase almost 50,000 tons of waste from fish poultry and meat production.
Fur or Faux? Say Goodbye to the Old Taboos The real deal is making a comeback, ironically driven by the abundance of fakes, writes Francesca Fearon.
The Fur Industry was Formed in Detroit When the French built Fort Pontchartrain on the banks of the Detroit River in 1701, there was a very big reason why: fur.
Perceptions Change With Education “Anti-fur sentiment has waned as more ethical practices lure younger generations to their modern designs,”
New Research Looks Beyond Retail Sales According to a new study, the global fur trade has now been valued at more than $40 Billion worldwide – roughly the same as the global Wi-Fi industry.
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.
Food Industry Prevents Greenhouse Gases Food safety overhaul could inadvertently send much of the reusable food back to landfills.
Fur Commission Commentary Created in the 1970s as an inexpensive convenience, the plastic bag is now an everyday item with costs that are adding up fast. The plastic bags we use today will be with us virtually forever. We use tens of billions of bags a month, or about half a million bags a minute! The…
Fur Labeling Requirements Whether it’s a coat, cape, jacket, stole or parka… if you manufacture, import or sell fur garments, you must comply with the labeling requirements under the Fur Products Labeling Act (FPLA).
Tactics Drive Even Animal Advocates & Employees Away For 20 years, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has waged a brutal war in the name of kindness.
Fur Sales Up 44% Over Past Decade World retail sales of fur products edged up to $15.6 billion in 2011/12, an increase of almost $600 million over the previous year, according to the International Fur Trade Federation.
Renewable Energy Project The Municipality of the District of Digby (Nova Scotia, Canada) is one step closer to making electricity and money from mink manure.
Regulations Protect the Environment While Supporting Jobs and Exports New regulations introduced by the provincial government will ensure that lakes and watercourses are protected
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.
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.
Government Regulations Affecting Mink Fur Farming The status of farmed mink is recognized in US federal law (US Code Title 7, Chapter 7, § 433) and, in common with all livestock,
Kansas Brothers’ Parody Video Goes Viral Instant fame came for two brothers who recreate a classic to reflect their life on the farm.
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.
Fur Market Continues to Show Growth The economies of developed nations – all of them important markets for fur – have been in turmoil since the global recession began in 2008. One of the two biggest markets, Russia, is struggling to achieve meaningful growth, while the Japanese market is saddled with the enormous cost of…
FBI Classifies ALF & ELF Domestic Terrorist Groups Frustrated by their failure to sell their agendas to society at large, animal rights and environmental extremists now seek to impose their views through violence and terrorism. Responsibility for many of these crimes has been claimed by the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and Earth Liberation Front (ELF),…
1,200 Mink Released From Iowa Farm Early this morning animal rights extremists broke into Palmer Erickson’s fur farm in Jewell, Iowa, releasing over 1,200 mink from their cages.
300 Mink Released in Astoria Oregon Early Sunday morning animal rights extremists broke into Carl Salo’s mink farm near Astoria, Oregon, releasing approximately 300 animals.
Fur Farming in Europe: World Center of Farmed Fur Production
Oversight for Product Labeling North America
2011 NASS Annual Report 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 2010 crop year, sold at auction in February and May of 2011.
Can You Guess Which One? It is legal in the U.S. to own the one on the left but illegal in the U.S. to own the one on the right. Why? Because the toy on the right is made from sealskin, a natural, renewable resource harvested since time immemorial by the indigenous peoples of the…
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 email@example.com.
Quotes from Jerry Vlasak: Animal Defense League – Los Angeles Director Mr. Vlasak is also North American Animal Liberation Press Office; Board member, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society removed April 2005; Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine I’m not a terrorist. I don’t think I’ve inflicted terror on anybody who didn’t deserve to have terror inflicted on them.necessary. Quoted…
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.
Sales Remain Stable During 2008/2009 Recession Fur is the dominant trend for the Autumn/Winter 2010 fashion season but sales also remained stable during the worst of the global recession in 2008/2009.
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.
High Demand for Sable The following extract is reproduced with permission from Sandy Parker Reports, Weekly International Fur News, Vol. 34, Issue 47, 2011.
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!
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…
“Green” Groups’ Fundraising Practice Inconsistent with Goals While the debate over man’s contribution to climate change rages, there is a general consensus that we need to reduce our dependency on petrochemicals.
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…
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 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.
Let Me Count the Ways Born in Canada where temperatures routinely fell to 20 degrees blow 0, fur coats kept the cold at bay.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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:
A Book Review by Fur Commission USA
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…
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.)…
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.
HSUS National Membership Conference, 1980 It was formally resolved that HSUS would “pursue on all fronts … the clear articulation and establishment of the rights of all animals … within the full range of American life and culture.” In Animal Rights and Human Obligations, the published proceedings of this conference, HSUS stated unequivocally that “there is…
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 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,…
In late 1998, the Humane Society of the United States, America’s largest animal rights group, launched a campaign called “Fur Free 2000”, aimed in part at blocking legitimate fur imports to the US from Asia.
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…
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…
FUR COMMISSION USA PRESS RELEASE, FEBRUARY 9, 2009 I flew out from San Diego to Milwaukee on Thursday, January 15, the same day a plane in New York had both engines extinguished by a flock of birds, landing, safely and amazingly, in the Hudson River. It was eerie watching such news while flying across the…
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.