Publications

New Sustainability Research: the Fashion Industry Should Learn From the Fur Sector

Information Material - August 22, 2018 - If the fashion industry really wants to be environmentally sustainable, they ought to look to the fur sector, new research says.

Policy Paper: REACH Review Position Paper [PDF 51.9 Kb]

Policy paper - June 15, 2018 - To promote safety, innovation, and growth, the EU has to deliver a policy on chemicals that is fair, smart, SME-friendly, and accessible. Fur Europe has six suggestions for the EU and the Member States.

University explains WelFur

Information Material - June 11, 2018 - Animal welfare scientists explain the background, methodology and future perspective of the science-based animal welfare assessment programme WelFur.

Policy Paper: Online Trade [PDF 246.1 Kb]

Policy paper - May 24, 2016 - For e-commerce to become relevant for SMEs trading with fur it is essential that the EU institutions set clear rules, remove bureaucratic burdens, and create a balanced business environment for consumers and retailers as well.

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.

Policy Paper: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) [PDF 11.1 Mo]

Policy paper - February 21, 2016 - Fur Europe is in favour of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as a way to enhance growth in the fur sector, and recommends various initiatives to lift administrative burdens for European fashion retailers seeking to enter into the US market.

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.

WelFur: Welfare assessment protocol for mink

Research - October 15, 2015 - The European fur sector's animal welfare assessment programme WelFur is the most comprehensive of its kind in the world to be implemented on a continental scale. It is based on the European Commission's Welfare Quality programme. You can download the WelFur protocol for mink here.
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