Information on Fur

European Commission: Fur exports rank high among agricultural products

News - 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.

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.

European design talents takes 6 of 12 seats in global competition

News - 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

News - 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

News - 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.

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.

Latvian designers want to use fur

News - 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.

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.