Information on Fur

TTIP: making EU-US trade beneficial for fur SMEs

Information Material - February 23, 2016 - European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the fur sector trading with the US have to face many obstacles that erode their margin of profit and in most cases make the opportunities offered by transatlantic trade too risky or uninteresting. Fur Europe interviewed European retailers from different countries to collect their concerns and proposals.

Fur and Freedom: in defense of the fur trade

Information Material - January 18, 2016 - It is no use applying ordinary standards of moral seriousness to fashion, any more than it is useful to apply them to art. The most serious artist, like the fashion designer, will always be tempted to test a prohibition to see if this is an area in which a shock and a surprise can be delivered. And so fur, because of who dislikes it, is bound to attract new friends. Socially, nothing attracts like opposition.

Fur Dressers and Dyers’ Sustainability Report 2015

Information Material - January 13, 2016 - European fur products are in compliance with the European Commission's REACH regulation on dangerous chemical substances in consumer products. That is one of the results of an independent assessment of European fur dressing and dyeing plants. Download the sustainability report from the International Fur Dressers and Dyers' Association here.

New “scientific” study on fur farming is not very scientific

Information Material - December 10, 2015 - A new report commissioned by animal liberation group Respect for Animals is a political statement rather a scientific report. Besides a number of factual errors the authors admit that a detail critique of the fur sectors animal welfare programme is "beyond the scope" of the report. Read Fur Europe's answer here.

Domestication and natural behaviour of the farmed mink

Information Material - September 23, 2015 - Existing scientific research suggest that access to large territories and swimming water are not essential behavioural needs for mink. Get a science-based introduction to domestication and natural behaviour among farmed mink here.

CE Delft Reports distorted by wrong data input

Information Material - September 20, 2015 - Two studies from Dutch consultancy bureau CE Delft about the environmental impact of mink farming are based on a number of major misassumptions. The studies are commissioned by three animal rights groups and not peer-reviewed. This comprehensive analysis proves the CE Delft studies wrong.

WelFur information brochure

Information Material - June 4, 2015 - This information brochure provides basic information about Fur Europe's science-based animal welfare programme WelFur. The animal welfare assessment system is designed to provide reliable animal welfare assessment, consumer transparency and improvement of animal welfare in the European fur sector.