There are many different views on how humans are morally obliged to treat the animals in our society. Philosophies on animal ethics have only existed a fraction of the 2,500 year old human history of philosophical tradition, and this suggests that the debate over animals have not concluded yet. In today’s society many different ideas about what our moral obligations to animals exists side by side, and in many ways our modern society can be seen as an arena where a battle of ideologies concerning human use of animals takes place.
It is the European fur sector’s ethical view that humans are allowed to use animals for for food, fashion, entertainment, recreational and medical purposes. Humans benefit from using animals in terms of for example happiness, creativity, job creation and economic development. A precondition for utilizing animals for human beneficial purposes is that animals in our care experience good lives whilst they are alive.
It is scientifically evident that it is possible to house fur farmed species in ways which secure the animals good animal welfare and a positive experience of their own life. To this end fur farming can – provided the farms are managed well – be to the benefit of both humans and animals. The alternative is no animal lives lived, and no human benefits.
It is within the principles of Fur Europe to make sure that farming standards and practices are in place, so the animal in fact live and experience good lives. When the animal life lived has been a good one, the ultimate end-use of the animal becomes less important; the animal itself has no appreciation of whether it becomes food or fashion.