Fur Sales are WAY, WAY Up This Fall

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The prominence of the fluffy stuff on the runways translated into some serious dollars this season. Fur has had an overwhelming resurgence on the runways over the past two seasons. For fall 2014, statement-making outerwear made from the fluffy stuff (both real and faux) caught our eye in all four cities: it was striped with […]

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Undercover Videos: Concerned Citizens or Shameless Self Promoters?

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In this age of “shock imagery” being used to promote political agendas, it’s easy to paint an entire industry by the actions of a single actor. As the fur farming industry well knows, a suspect video produced in China almost 10 years ago, of an animal being horribly skinned alive, is still being used to […]

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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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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 […]

‘Ethical Fur’ attracting new customers in UK

Hockley, a London-based retailer specialising in luxury fur, says anti-fur sentiment has waned as more ethical practices lure younger generations to their modern designs. He may forever attract outrage from paint-wielding animal rights campaigners, but the founder of a booming ‘ethical fur’ company has claimed the market for luxury pelts is getting bigger every year. […]

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

A Day at Zimbal Minkery

Four generations of Zimbals have been raising mink on the shores of Lake Michigan for over 60 years.

Fur Sales are WAY, WAY Up This Fall

The prominence of the fluffy stuff on the runways translated into some serious dollars this season. Fur has had an overwhelming resurgence on the runways over the past two seasons. For fall 2014, statement-making outerwear made from the fluffy stuff (both real and faux) caught our eye in all four cities: it was striped with […]

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 […]

Perspectives

Undercover Videos: Concerned Citizens or Shameless Self Promoters?

In this age of “shock imagery” being used to promote political agendas, it’s easy to paint an entire industry by the actions of a single actor. As the fur farming industry well knows, a suspect video produced in China almost 10 years ago, of an animal being horribly skinned alive, is still being used to […]

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, […]

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