Idaho Amicus Brief: Farm Protection Laws are about Conduct, not Speech

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Idaho agriculture has brought out a big gun to help get a challenge to the state’s so-called “ag-gag” law thrown out of federal court. In an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief, Idaho agricultural groups are asking the U.S. District Court in Boise to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the Gem State by a […]

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Netherlands Court Overturns Ban on Mink Farming

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Dutch News: Fur farmers celebrate as court throws out ban on mink farming Wednesday 21 May 2014   A court in The Hague on Wednesday overturned a new law to ban breeding animals for fur from 2024. The law will have a ‘serious financial impact’ on breeders and it is totally unclear if they will […]

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High School Ag Programs Flourish as Farms Dwindle

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By JIM SUHR AP Business Writer May 03, 2014 ST. LOUIS (AP) – High school agriculture programs sprouting across the nation’s Corn Belt are teaching teenagers, many of them in urban environments, that careers in the field often have nothing to do with cows and plows. The curriculums, taking hold as school budgets tighten and […]

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IFTF Releases Latest Fur Sales Figures
6th Consecutive Year of Growth for International Fur Retail Sales

INTERNATIONAL FUR TRADE FEDERATION PRESS RELEASE, FEBRUARY 21, 2005 IFTF Releases Latest Fur Sales Figures 6th Consecutive Year of Growth for International Fur Retail Sales The latest statistics for the global value of retail sales of fur garments, trim and accessories for the year 2003-2004 have been published today. The results of the survey carried […]

Animal Fur Good for Preventing Childhood Asthma?

Okay, this research might make animal rights activists wince! Making babies sleep on animal fur in their first three months of infancy can potentially reduce the risk of asthma in childhood. According to a study finding, exposure to the microbial environment in animal skin and fur might act as a shield against asthma and allergies. […]

Public Radio: Detroit’s fur industry still here after 300 years

When the French built Fort Pontchartrain on the banks of the Detroit River in 1701, there was a very big reason why: fur. The trappers who brought their pelts to the fort gave Detroit its first industry. In the 300-plus years since, Detroit’s fur industry has seen good times and bad. And it is still […]

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Animal Fur Good for Preventing Childhood Asthma?

Okay, this research might make animal rights activists wince! Making babies sleep on animal fur in their first three months of infancy can potentially reduce the risk of asthma in childhood. According to a study finding, exposure to the microbial environment in animal skin and fur might act as a shield against asthma and allergies. […]

Wisconsin leads the Nation in Mink Production

The USDA has released its mink production report for 2013 and once again Wisconsin leads the nation.  See the full report here for each year, going back to 1970

New Research Reveals the Global Fur Trade is Worth as Much as Wi-Fi

According to a new study, the global fur trade has now been valued at more than $40 Billion worldwide – roughly the same as the global Wi-Fi industry. The research is the first to analyze the highly fragmented fur sector, looking beyond retail sales at the immense worldwide economic value of fur farming and production […]

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Animal Fur Good for Preventing Childhood Asthma?

Okay, this research might make animal rights activists wince! Making babies sleep on animal fur in their first three months of infancy can potentially reduce the risk of asthma in childhood. According to a study finding, exposure to the microbial environment in animal skin and fur might act as a shield against asthma and allergies. […]

Real fur is making a comeback in the fashion world

The real deal is making a comeback, ironically driven by the abundance of fakes, writes Francesca Fearon The early-spring weather around the Milan and New York autumn/winter collections in February did little to deter the fashion crowd from parading for street-style photographers in their attention-grabbing furry jackets. Real or faux? That was the question. The […]

Public Radio: Detroit’s fur industry still here after 300 years

When the French built Fort Pontchartrain on the banks of the Detroit River in 1701, there was a very big reason why: fur. The trappers who brought their pelts to the fort gave Detroit its first industry. In the 300-plus years since, Detroit’s fur industry has seen good times and bad. And it is still […]

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Real fur is making a comeback in the fashion world

The real deal is making a comeback, ironically driven by the abundance of fakes, writes Francesca Fearon The early-spring weather around the Milan and New York autumn/winter collections in February did little to deter the fashion crowd from parading for street-style photographers in their attention-grabbing furry jackets. Real or faux? That was the question. The […]

PETA’s Most Outrageously Dishonest Ad Campaigns

The animal rights group has once again released a spurious ad linking milk to autism. It’s not the first time they’ve used pseudoscience to fear monger It appears PETA will do just about anything to save the animals, even if that means making things up. The advocacy group has managed to offend women, breast-feeders, Catholics, […]

Extreme animal-rights tactics erode support

  By JOSEPH PERKINS / Orange County Register Published: May 22, 2014 http://www.ocregister.com/articles/animal-615372-rights-activists.html “Demonstrate against Saks Fifth Avenue’s Summer Fur Promotion.” So exhorts an invitation by the Animal Protection and Rescue League, which plans to make a ruckus next month outside the store at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Hopefully, Saks won’t be subject to […]

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