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Fur breeder elected President of European farmers

News - September 25, 2015 - Danish mink farmer and Chairman of the Danish Agricultural Council is new President of the Brussels-based farmers' association COPA, that represents 23 million European farmers.

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.

Fur skins worth 56 million euro sold in Helsinki

News - September 22, 2015 - European auction house Saga Furs concluded this season's auction schedule with the September auction 16-21 September. The fur sales reached 56 million euro.

CE Delft Reports distorted by wrong data input

Information Material - September 20, 2015 - Two studies from Dutch consultancy bureau CE Delft about the environmental impact of mink farming are based on a number of major misassumptions. The studies are commissioned by three animal rights groups and not peer-reviewed. This comprehensive analysis proves the CE Delft studies wrong.

Fur skin sales take a turn up at Saga Furs’ June auction

News - June 30, 2015 - Saga Furs' June auction achieved sales of 63 million euro more than last year's auction in June. 3,3 million mink skins and 680,000 fox skins were on offer.

To swim or not to swim: An interpretation of farmed mink’s motivation for a water bath

Research - June 17, 2015 - This study, published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science in 2008, reviews the existing literature on swimming water for mink. The article concludes that the absence of access to swimming water, without prior experience, does not lead to consistent changes in the level of stereotypic behaviour, or anticipatory responses in mink.

Policy Paper: animal welfare official controls [PDF 396.7 Kb]

Policy paper - June 5, 2015 - Fur Europe welcomes the new Regulation on Official Controls, in particular the parts referring to animal welfare is of key interest to the fur sector. It also urges the European Parliament to vote in favor of the use of the indicators mentioned in Article 18 of the Regulation. Moreover, Fur Europe believes that the Reference Centers should not conduct animal welfare studies, already by the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) but have a coordinating role.

Policy Paper: killing methods for furmed animals [PDF 400.2 Kb]

Policy paper - June 5, 2015 - Fur Europe finds itself responsible for informing the public that the killing of fur animals is a transparent and well regulated procedure, in conformity with European legislation. In practice, animals are euthanized directly in the farms by either gas (CO2) or electricity, thus avoiding unnecessary pain. Independent scientists developed a code of conduct for killing mink and foxes that Fur Europe's members are expected to follow.

Policy Paper: invasive alien species [PDF 385.9 Kb]

Policy paper - June 5, 2015 - Fur Europe strongly supports securing the fur farms in Europe, e.g. with fences as it is by regulations in Spain and Denmark, to prevent the massive releases of farm animals, primarily by activists. And therefore, the fur sector contributes to the European legislation to protect the environment while avoiding to include two fur animal species – Finnraccoon and American mink on the list of Invasive Alian Species to be banned for imports and handling within the EU.