Information on Fur

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%.

Fur Europe’s annual report 2015

Report - May 1, 2015 - Fur Europe's annual report 2015 focuses on Fur Europe's roadmap, and the continued pursuing of sustainable environmental, social and economic development.

Policy Paper: REACH review [PDF 400.1 Kb]

Policy paper - April 5, 2015 - According to the 2013 REACH ( Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) review, the regulation, in broad terms, is working and there is no need of a revision. The next implementation phase will be important for the fur sector as it will involve small- and medium-sized businesses not familiar with REACH. In that sense, Fur Europe cooperates with the International Fur Dressers’ and Dyers to develop a sustainability reporting for the Dressers and Dyers in Europe, which is expected to be published in December 2015.

The public opinion of fur farming in Europe

Report - March 13, 2015 - The welfare provided for the animals whilst alive is more important than the ultimate end-use of the animals. This is one of the findings in a survey conducted by independent market research company Ipsos in 2013, on behalf of Fur Europe. Although a majority of Europeans say they find fur farming unacceptable, the survey clarifies that the more information Europeans have about fur and fur farming, the more acceptant they are towards fur.

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

News - 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.