What is the FCUSA Humane Care Certification Program?

FC-Humane-Care_LogoThe mink industry’s Humane Care Merit Award program, launched in 1989, was one of the first formalized humane care certification programs in U.S. agriculture. To guide the program’s implementation, the same year also saw the first publication of the Standard Guidelines for the Operation of Mink Farms in the United States.

In consultation with veterinarians, animal scientists, wildlife biologists and farmers, the industry has developed a set of rigorous standards for the humane production of farm-raised mink. Updated regularly, these standards promote best management practices and responsible animal stewardship.  The Guidelines pay detailed attention to issues of Accommodation, Food and Water, Health, Environmental Quality, Transportation, Euthanasia and Bio-Security.

Only after an independent licensed auditor completes a comprehensive compliance-inspection does a farm receive the Humane Care Merit Award. Nearly 95% of U.S. mink production comes from certified farms. Standard Guidelines for the Operation of Mink Farms in the United States

Information on Mink Animal Husbandry

Standard Guidelines for the Operation of Mink Farms in the United States

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. These Guidelines were designed to assist farmers in assuring a humane environment for the animals under their care. They were prepared by leaders in the U.S.…

Fur Bans: Society Has Much More to Lose than Fashion

Far removed from urban activists, Jane Dragon makes hand and foot warmers outside her family home in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. The recent surge in anti-fur campaigning makes me feel angry, but also very sad. Angry, because most anti-fur rhetoric is so completely misinformed and malicious. Sad, because the public debate about fur is based…

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. There are fundamental differences between the Animal Welfare viewpoint and the Animal Rights philosophy. Fueling the debate still further has…

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.

The Animal Welfare View

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.

Fur Ethics

An Interview With a Mink Farmer There are many factors to take into account when considering the ethics of raising animals for fur.