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Animal Lobby to Pay 58,000 Euro for Breaking in to Fur Farm

October 19, 2017 - Norwegian animal lobby activists put mink in danger of disease while producing 'sensational' undercover footage on fur farms. Caught lying in front of the court they were sentenced to pay damages totalling 58,000 euro.

Gucci Has Made an Uninformed Decision

October 12, 2017 - Fashion brand Gucci's decision to go fur free appears uninformed if the aim indeed is to do better for animals and environment. Natural fur is well integrated in Europe's circular bio-economy and a sustainable alternative to today's fast fashion trends.

Hungarian Design Event Endorsed by EU Commission

October 11, 2017 - The fur design workshop was endorsed by the European Commission as a best practices example of vocational training and education for 2017.

Former Discovering Fur Participant Debuts with New Fur Collection

September 20, 2017 - More than half a year ago Chloé Corrillon made a promise. She vowed to start using fur in her fashion collections.

Global Fur Fashion Design Competition Calls for Design Talents

September 11, 2017 - The International Fur Federation opens applications for the 14th annual global fur design competition Remix.

Fur Farming Vital For Strong Economy in Poland

September 7, 2017 - Fur farming plays a crucial role for a strong and stable economy in Poland, a new independent study presented at the 27th Economic Forum in Krynica finds out.

Finnish Fur Farmers Take Immediate Action to Prevent Isolated Cases of Oversized Foxes in the Future

August 29, 2017 - Although it is only a limited problem, Finnish fur farmers now recruits additional vets and intensifies cooperation with authorities in order to effectively put an end to the breeding of oversized foxes. The implementation of the science-based animal welfare programme WelFur also plays an important role.

Fur Cycling Team Raises Money to Fight Cancer

August 4, 2017 - The Dutch fur sector raises money to fight one of the deadliest forms of cancer. People within the sector have put together a team called Fur Life in an effort to help medical research into brain tumours.

Fashion to Farm: Inspirational Designer Becomes Fur Farmer

June 12, 2017 - Driven by the desire to explain to customers how the fur value chain works, the youngest furrier in Norway goes to work on a fur farm for a week.

World Fur Trade is Booming Despite China Slowdown

June 6, 2017 - Despite a predicted slow down in the Chinese luxury sector, new figures reveal that the fashion and interior design sectors continues to drive fur production in Europe and North America with fur items more popular than ever.

Kopenhagen Fur Wins ELLE Magazine’s Sustainability Award

May 29, 2017 - European fur auction house Kopenhagen Fur has won ELLE Magazine's CSR award for its work with sustainable fashion. It is important to highlight such a major player in the fashion world, Chief Editor says.

WelFur: the Bridge between Responsible Farming and Fashion

May 17, 2017 - Around 450 fur farms across Europe had the first ever WelFur assessment visit as part of the implementation of the world's most advance science-based animal welfare programme.

Estonian Parliament Votes in Favour of Fur Farming

May 11, 2017 - The Estonian parliament has voted against a ban on fur farming, and Estonia thus follows the example of parliaments in Latvia, Denmark, Norway and Finland where similar discussions have taken place in the past few years. Reason and accountability has won in Estonia, says CEO of Fur Europe.

EU Commission: The Fur Sector Shows the Way for Other Farming Sectors

May 10, 2017 - With the science-based animal welfare assessment programme WelFur the European fur sector is on the forefront of animal welfare in Europe. The European fur sector can show the way for other farming sectors keen on making progress, the European Commission says.

Fur Summer School 2017: Inspiring the Future of Fur

May 8, 2017 - This years' edition will bring together young people with different professional backgrounds and interest in fur in Kastoria, Greece between August 20th and August 29th. 2017.

New Fur Europe Chairman to Work for More Proactivity

April 28, 2017 - The chairmanship of Fur Europe shifted last week during the annual meeting in Budapest as John Papsø was elected to succeed Kenneth Ingman from Finland. The main focus for him is to work for a more proactive European fur sector.

Animal experts training to become WelFur advisers

March 30, 2017 - Veterinarians, fur farming specialists and experts in farm management from across Europe are having extensive teaching sessions led by the scientists who developed WelFur as part of a training designed to prepare them to be WelFur Advisers.

Fur and shearling dominate the world’s fashion catwalks

March 15, 2017 - Natural materials such as fur and shearling made a huge appearance during the fashion month as top designers presented their Ready-to-Wear Autumn/ Winter 2017 collections. Natural materials prevailed over synthetic fibres across the catwalks from New York and London to Paris and Milan.

The One Milano: A symphony of fashion and business

March 6, 2017 - The Fashion exhibition TheOneMilano hits a record high number of buyers from all across the globe and made a clear statement. Fur fashion business is alive and thriving.

Remix designers: Fur enhances human creativity

February 25, 2017 - The fur material provides creative opportunities unmatched by other textiles. The international Remix fur design competition concluded with the finale in Milan last night. The exploration of human creativity is at the core of Remix.

Synthetic clothing contributes to plastic pollution of oceans

February 23, 2017 - New environmental report shows that invisible plastic particles washed off synthetic textiles during laundry are among the worst contaminators of the world’s oceans and a treat to marine wildlife.

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's 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.