Consumers demand for fur products is constantly increasing. New data from Fur Europe, the Brussels-based umbrella organisation of the European fur sector, shows that the European production of fur farmed species has increased from 27.5 million skins in 2005 to 45.4 million skins in 2015 – a total increase of 39% over a 10-year period.
“The global demand for fur has been steadily rising over the past 20 years or so, and fur farmed in Europe is very popular due to the quality of the skins and the high welfare standards ensured by national and European legislation. The figures don’t lie. We are very pleased with the development,” says CEO of Fur Europe, Mette Lykke Nielsen.
The growth in production since 2005 can be seen across most fur producing countries, but is particularly noticeable in Denmark, The Netherlands, Poland and the Baltic countries. In recent years mink productions have started up in Bulgaria, Romania and Bosnia-Hercegovina for the first time.
“Fur farming constitutes a unique opportunity for economic growth in Europe’s rural areas, and it has not escaped attention that fur farming is an agricultural activity that has proven economically sustainable over many years. We welcome this investment in fur farming across Europe. The international fashion runways continue to feature lots and lots of fur in the collections, and the global demand for natural fur products is steadily increasing. There is room to strengthen the economy of rural Europe even more in the future,” Mette Lykke Nielsen says.