Information on Fur

Policy Paper: fur and fashion [PDF 398.9 Kb]

Policy paper - June 5, 2015 - As an integral part of the fashion industry, the fur sector plays a significant, innovative role in the creative economy, offering skilled jobs for young people, market diversification (interior, decoration), and representing European cultural heritage and know-how. It also faces challenges such as lack of funding and skills for SMEs and attain talented and skilled young people in the sector. Therefore, it strives to cooperate with the European Commission on SMEs competitiveness and fur draftsmanship as European heritage.

Policy Paper: traceability [PDF 385.2 Kb]

Policy paper - June 5, 2015 - Fur Europe welcomes the Regulation on Consumer Product Safety (2013/0048) and the Regulation on Market Surveillance since it supports transparency and protection of the consumers, contributing to it by the development and implementation of an animal welfare certification program called WelFur. However, Fur Europe suggests that the European Parliament and the Member States remove the article 7 from the final Regulation, which calls on informing the consumer on the “indication of origin”.

Policy Paper: EU Rural Development Programme [PDF 463.1 Kb]

Policy paper - June 5, 2015 - The EU Rural Development Programme (RDP) offers an opportunity to develop the fur sector by fostering animal welfare improvement, financing young farmers and new entrepreneurs and promoting value chain organization through the stimulation of networks and partnerships, training, and knowledge transfer.

Policy Paper: Consumer Product Safety and labelling of fur garments [PDF 522.4 Kb]

Policy paper - June 5, 2015 - Fur Europe welcomes the regulation on product safety and the regulation on market surveillance, though the suggestion of informing the consumer on the “indication of origin” can have the opposite effect than transparency. Therefore Fur Europe suggests the European Parliament and the IMCO committee to remove this article from the final Regulation on Consumer Product Safety (2013/0048)

Policy Paper: animal welfare [PDF 333.4 Kb]

Policy paper - June 4, 2015 - Fur Europe has established a scientific project on animal welfare assessment of mink and foxes called WelFur which aims at creating science-based indicators for the animal welfare assessment (currently in the implementation phase). Fur Europe advocates for an harmonization of the legislation on animal welfare at EU level.

Is the mink domesticated?

Research - June 4, 2015 - In this review of scientific litterature the author answers to the domestication status of the farmed mink: "There is therefore not the slighted doubt any more as how to answer the question, namely with an unequivocal yes, minks are domesticated, on a morphological, physiological, genetic and ethological basis and research."

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.

The development of on-farm welfare assessment protocols for foxes and mink: the WelFur project

Research - June 2, 2015 - This published scientific paper describes the development of the WelFur protocols for foxes and mink. The WelFur programme is based on the principles and criteria of the Welfare Quality project. Funded by the European Commission, Welfare Quality is a European research program designed to develop European standards for on-farm welfare assessment and product information systems as well as practical strategies for improving animal welfare.

Policy Paper: trade in seal products [PDF 462.5 Kb]

Policy paper - June 1, 2015 - The Commission’s proposed amendments to the EU trade ban on seal products create more problems than solutions. Not utilising the oil, meat and skins from the management of the seal populations in European waters seem unethical, and the Inuit exemption offers no clear road to the re-establishing of a commercial market for Inuit products.

Policy Paper: 100% use of fur farmed animals [PDF 382.3 Kb]

Policy paper - June 1, 2015 - More than 68% of the carcasses stemming from the European fur production are utilised for biofuels, green energy purposes, fertilisers, and other bio-based products. Fur Europe is working to increase the number of carcasses that are used to 100%.