Publications

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.

WelFur: Welfare assessment protocol for foxes

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 foxes 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.

The changing face of animal ethics – where are we heading?

Research - September 22, 2015 - Where is the debate over animal use heading? A historical walk-through of the animal debate puts some perspective on the future direction of the debate over animal use. In the Western part of the world the main debate will be between those who think it is acceptable to use animals as long as their welfare is looked after properly and those who are - in principle - against the use of animals.
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