Fur Trade Booming after swing from Fashion Faux Pas to Catwalk Favourite

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In 1994, four of the world’s most famous supermodels were splashed across billboards under the slogan “We’d rather go naked than wear fur”. Fast-forward 21 years and it seems it is now another story for Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Elle Macpherson and Cindy Crawford, who have been pictured in fur coats, gilets and trimmed parkas.

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CEO: “No, We Don’t Skin Animals Alive for Fur”

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by Mark Oaten CEO of the International Fur Trade Federation, former Lib Dem MP The fur industry is regularly accused of skinning animals alive and the most recent attack came this weekend online in the Daily Mail. This time, enough is enough: it’s time to set the record straight. As the head of the fur industry’s trade […]

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U.S. Mink Manufacturers Eye Growing Chinese Demand for Fur

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Cold weather and enthusiastic Asian demand has U.S. mink fur producers hoping to cash in this season in China, the leading market, with status-conscious shoppers there buying up record numbers of fur coats. CCTV America’s Chris Casquejo reported this story from Seattle, Washington. With a major fur auction looming next month, U.S. mink farmers prepare […]

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Fur seeks new look as traditional markets fade

“In fashion terms it’s never been stronger,” International Fur Trade Federation’s chief executive Mark Oaten said. “We have very high production levels and I expect those will remain very strong in Europe and America.” A stronger economy, cold winters and fashion show exposure have fueled sales on America’s east coast. Fur was featured in about […]

Fur Trade Booming after swing from Fashion Faux Pas to Catwalk Favourite

In 1994, four of the world’s most famous supermodels were splashed across billboards under the slogan “We’d rather go naked than wear fur”. Fast-forward 21 years and it seems it is now another story for Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Elle Macpherson and Cindy Crawford, who have been pictured in fur coats, gilets and trimmed parkas.

Caring for Mink in Third Generation

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wisconsin – Bob Zimbal, president of Zimbal Minkery in Sheboygan Falls, believes in producing the highest-quality mink pelts. That’s why he invests so much time into caring for his mink, and why he has learned to be environmentally friendly. “A healthy mink starts with a healthy diet, and in Wisconsin, we’re fortunate enough […]

Key Reports

International Fur Federation Creates #FUR NOW, to Show the Modern Face of Fur

The International Fur Federation (IFF) has developed a global fashion campaign to communicate the modern face of fur and to break down stereotypes around what fur is and who wears it. The mainly digital push named #FURNOW, includes social media, blogger outreach, video, mobile and gifs designed with a view to go viral. The campaign […]

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

In the Media

Fur seeks new look as traditional markets fade

“In fashion terms it’s never been stronger,” International Fur Trade Federation’s chief executive Mark Oaten said. “We have very high production levels and I expect those will remain very strong in Europe and America.” A stronger economy, cold winters and fashion show exposure have fueled sales on America’s east coast. Fur was featured in about […]

Meat eaters shouldn’t throw rocks at fur wearers

Those who eschew fur and eat meat might be inclined to say the latter is more functional, since it provides a useful source of protein. They ignore the fact that fur provides a useful source of warmth. And it has some real advantages even over well-made fakes: It’s much better at absorbing moisture, say scientists, […]

Fur: Has a new generation shrugged off the old stigma?

The Telegraph (UK) New statistics from the International Fur Federation suggest a once-reviled industry is thriving. Hannah Betts explores the changing social attitudes to fur. By Hannah Betts 27 Mar 2015 The fur industry, a phrase that used to have to be uttered sotto voce, has released figures to demonstrate that, far from being an object […]

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Meat eaters shouldn’t throw rocks at fur wearers

Those who eschew fur and eat meat might be inclined to say the latter is more functional, since it provides a useful source of protein. They ignore the fact that fur provides a useful source of warmth. And it has some real advantages even over well-made fakes: It’s much better at absorbing moisture, say scientists, […]

No Patience or Respect for Humane Society’s Tenacity

“Never mind ethics. Never mind integrity. Never mind fair play. Never mind the public will. Winning is all that counts, so spend money willfully and wear down the opposition. Bury it with piles of greenbacks! Buy a victory. To hell with what the people want. Impose your values on those who don’t see it your […]

CEO: “No, We Don’t Skin Animals Alive for Fur”

by Mark Oaten CEO of the International Fur Trade Federation, former Lib Dem MP The fur industry is regularly accused of skinning animals alive and the most recent attack came this weekend online in the Daily Mail. This time, enough is enough: it’s time to set the record straight. As the head of the fur industry’s trade […]

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