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Spanish Fur Association makes a debut at prominent fashion show

February 16, 2017 - The Spanish Fur Association (SFA) has made its debut at one of the major fashion trade show in southern Europe – MOMAD Metropolis show to present a stand and a fashion show.

Inspiration & Information: Youth path to fur fashion

January 30, 2017 - The workshop ''Discovering fur'' gathered together young fashion and design students for a showcase of the limitless opportunities to use fur in fashion.

Circular Fashion: The future of European fur sector

January 23, 2017 - Circular fashion is at the core of how European fur sector sees itself 5 years from now, states Fur Europe 5-year vision recently adopted by the Fur Europe Board.

4.000 European fur farms to be WelFur certified by 2020

January 16, 2017 - The implementation of the animal welfare assessment system WelFur marks a milestone in the history of international fur business. Developed by independents scientists from across Europe, WelFur is a reliable assessment tool that will help replace perceptions with facts and provide consumer transparency about the European production of fur.

Norwegian Parliament supports sustainable development of fur farming

January 11, 2017 - Parliament in Norway has supported the sustainable continuation of fur farming. The decision puts an end to years of discussion whether the industry should be banned in the country.

Dutch fur farmers consider the European Human Rights Court

December 20, 2016 - The Dutch Supreme Court has upheld the ban on mink farming in The Netherlands. Dutch fur farmers are considering their options including taking the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Fur farms in Europe open doors for visitors

December 6, 2016 - Open Farms events are gaining popularity across Europe. Open Farms initiative is part of fur sector's commitment to challenge the prejudices about fur farming and provide reliable information to those who still have doubts about the fur industry.

Fur Europe spoke at fur hearing in Norway

November 24, 2016 - The science-based foundation of the animal welfare assessment programme WelFur will help Norwegian fur farmers document progress on animal welfare, Fur Europe's CEO said at today 's hearing.

Farmed European mink to feed on household waste

November 17, 2016 - Farmed mink can feed on organic household waste converted to larvae, a new circular economy research project shows. The research project is now being extended.

“We ask the animals what they want”, say scientists developing WelFur

October 20, 2016 - "We ask the animal what they want", says Jens Malmkvist at Aarhus University in Denmark. He is one of the scientists developing the new animal welfare standards in fur farming.

Pros and Cons on Fur Use

October 7, 2016 - International Fur Federation encourages people to join the debate about fur.

Next generation of fur professionals team up in Greece

August 25, 2016 - Fur Summer School 2016 in Kastoria, Greece, has come off to a good start. 33 participants from across the world are introduced to all aspects of the international fur business as a means to educate a new generation of fur professionals.

Fur scientist congress to kick off in Finland

August 19, 2016 - The international fur scientist community's congress, which is held every fourth year, begins in Helsinki, Finland, next week. The scientific congress gathers more than 100 participants.

95% improve their opinion about fur after farm visit

June 17, 2016 - In accordance with similar mini surveys, 95% of the visitors at an open farm event in Romania became positive towards fur farming after having seen the animals with their own eyes.

European fur production up by 39% since 2005

June 16, 2016 - Over a period of 10 years, the European fur production has increased by 39%. New productions have started up in several Eastern European countries.

Fur Summer School 2016: Inspiring the Future of Fur

May 12, 2016 - Focusing on entrepreneurship, craftsmanship, innovation, design, business, ethics and communication the annual Fur Summer School kicks off in August. As a part of Fur Europe's Youth Initiative the Fur Summer School promotes the next generation of professionals and a continued vibrant fur community.

Romanian public to see fur farming without filter

May 11, 2016 - The pan-European open farm scheme is designed to counter myths and prejudices about fur farming in the simplest possible way: having people to see the farms and animals with their own eyes. This week farms are open in Romania.

Armani and fur – International Fur Federation CEO Mark Oaten responds

March 23, 2016 - International fashion house Armani has decided to go fur free following pressure from animal lobby groups, but the petroleum based fake fur is not a sustainable alternative. CEO of the International fur Federation encourages Armani to get in touch with the fur sector and respect their consumers' freedom of choice.

European Commission: Fur exports rank high among agricultural products

March 1, 2016 - According to a new report from the European Commission, the European export of raw fur skins was top-ranked within agricultural products in 2015 - in spite of trouble at one of the main markets. The future prospects are even better, says Fur Europe CEO.

European design talents takes 6 of 12 seats in global competition

February 17, 2016 - Young European design talents dominates the finale of the international fur design competition REMIX. Former REMIX participants are now working with international fashions houses like Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton.

Men embrace fur – breaks 60% mark in men’s AW collections

January 28, 2016 - International fashion brands are increasingly using fur in their men's collections, following a long-established trend in women's wear. "A trend you can't ignore," says CEO of the International Fur Federation.

The European Commission has confidence in WelFur

January 20, 2016 - Criticism of the housing conditions for farmed mink has been rejected by the European Commission with reference to the "science-based animal welfare programme" WelFur. The programme is developed by independent scientists and is based on the principles European Commission's Welfare Quality programme.

Latvian designers want to use fur

December 23, 2015 - The Latvian Fur Breeders' Association experience a growing interest from designers who want to use fur in their collections. Most recently fashion designer Alexander Pavlov presented a collection of 26 fur styles at the Column Hall of the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation.

Innovation, skills and quality craftsmanship rewarded in Hungarian fur design competition

December 7, 2015 - Under massive media exposure the Hungarian Fur Trade Federation successfully held the KREÁCIÓ’15 competition that rewards innovation, skills and quality craftsmanship in fur design.

Fur Europe looks forward to a balanced debate during Intergroup on Animal Welfare meeting

November 26, 2015 - The European Parliament’s (EP) Intergroup on the welfare and Conservation of Animals hosts today a meeting focused on fur farming in Strasbourg. Fur Europe, the umbrella organisation representing the European fur sector, will join the meeting to answer any question posed on fur farming and animal welfare in Europe.

Dutch fur farmers to appeal court decision

November 11, 2015 - Dutch mink farmers will appeal the Dutch appeal Court's decision to reintroduce a ban on mink farming. The court found it justified to ban the business of mink farming without offering compensation, but the Dutch farmers are willing to go all the way to the European Court of Human Rights.

There is a difference between ideology and animal welfare

October 29, 2015 - Eurogroup4Animals and Nordic animal liberation organisations highlight "natural behaviour" as the only relevant animal welfare parameter - and at the same time suggest that fur farmed species do not exercise natural behaviour. Both claims are wrong, and Fur Europe's chairman Kenneth Ingman has written an opinion about it on euractiv.com.

Greenpeace: Greenlandic seal is sustainable

October 27, 2015 - A journalist from American TV station reports that the Greenlandic seal hunt is both ethical and sustainable. Greenpeace supports the view.

New business to business website for furriers

October 16, 2015 - A new website is designed to support the increased consumer interest in fur products by targeting boutiques and retailers that currently sell little or no fur.

The European fur sector paves the way for sustainable fashion

October 15, 2015 - The garment industry can learn from the fur industry when it comes to sustainability is one of the conclusions of a research project on sustainability in fur, that was presented at Fur Europe's This is Fur event in the European Parliament.

The European fur sector held 150 meetings in the European Parliament

October 5, 2015 - Under the values of openness, transparency and reliability the European fur sector held more than 150 bilateral meetings in the European Parliament.

Fur breeder elected President of European farmers

September 25, 2015 - Danish mink farmer and Chairman of the Danish Agricultural Council is new President of the Brussels-based farmers' association COPA, that represents 23 million European farmers.

Fur skins worth 56 million euro sold in Helsinki

September 22, 2015 - European auction house Saga Furs concluded this season's auction schedule with the September auction 16-21 September. The fur sales reached 56 million euro.

Fur skin sales take a turn up at Saga Furs’ June auction

June 30, 2015 - Saga Furs' June auction achieved sales of 63 million euro more than last year's auction in June. 3,3 million mink skins and 680,000 fox skins were on offer.

Big, voluminous and wild – New York Fashion Week proposes lots of fur

February 27, 2015 - Next year’s winter/autumn collections are being highlighted at the trendsetting fashion runways these weeks. Fur industry representatives following the shows in New York predicts another season full of fur as they have observed an emerging trend of fox, wild fur and other voluminous fur types on the New York Runways. Interestingly, the New York collections pointed to a coming trend of full fur garments in fashion.