Information on Fur

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 The studies are commissioned by three animal rights groups and not peer-reviewed.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.

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)