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1st International Fur Expo Ukraine Very Successful. Efurmedia.com.

Oct 26, 2011 No Comments

Sandy Parker Reports: US Fur Apparel Imports Continue Rising.

Oct 24, 2011 No Comments

SANDY PARKER REPORT, VOL. 35, ISSUE 32, OCTOBER 24, 2011

 

The following extract is reproduced with permission from Sandy Parker Reports, Weekly International Fur News. Sandy Parker has been covering the fur industry for more than four decades. For most of that time he has published a weekly newsletter, detailing results of international pelt auctions, wholesale price trends, business developments and movements in the trade, as well as economic and political activities that may impact on it.

 

Subscribe now and receive all the latest news, either in print or electronically. Just $150 a year for 48 issues! Sandy Parker Reports, 21219 Lago Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33433; Tel: (561) 477-3764; Fax: (561) 862-7052;SParker@SandyParker.comwww.sandyparker.com

 

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US fur apparel imports continue rising

 

IMPORTS OF FUR APPAREL INTO THE U.S. CONTINUED THEIR UPWARD SWING IN AUGUST, with mink again taking a back seat to other furs as retailers sought to maintain their most popular price points in the face of rising skin costs.

 

In sharp contrast to the historical pattern in which mink dominated the American retail fur scene, a variety of other furs are now replacing mink at the price points retailers find to be most popular with their clienteles. To be sure, mink still dominates furriers’ sales in the upper brackets, especially in the designer-label category, but it has been losing out to a range of other furs and combinations below $5,000.

 

August fur imports from all sources rose a whopping 52% to a total of $24.7 million, according to the latest Commerce Dept. data. Considering that this year’s fur apparel prices are up about 25%, this would indicate that August imports were up sharply in terms of units as well.

 

IN THIS ISSUE

 

Mild Temps Stall Store Traffic
Sales of Luxuries Seen Rising
U.S. Imports Up in August…
… but Shift Away from Mink
Fur Ban Rouses Cal. ‘City’

 

For extracts from back issues of Sandy Parker Reports see News Index. Subscribers can access an archive of complete issues at www.sandyparker.com.

 


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Sandy Parker Reports: Fur stores weighing ways to combat economy, higher prices

Oct 17, 2011 No Comments

SANDY PARKER REPORT, VOL. 35, ISSUE 31, OCTOBER 17, 2011

 

The following extract is reproduced with permission from Sandy Parker Reports, Weekly International Fur News. Sandy Parker has been covering the fur industry for more than four decades. For most of that time he has published a weekly newsletter, detailing results of international pelt auctions, wholesale price trends, business developments and movements in the trade, as well as economic and political activities that may impact on it.

 

Subscribe now and receive all the latest news, either in print or electronically. Just $150 a year for 48 issues! Sandy Parker Reports, 21219 Lago Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33433; Tel: (561) 477-3764; Fax: (561) 862-7052;SParker@SandyParker.comwww.sandyparker.com

 

International Fur News
with Sandy Parker

 

Fur stores weighing ways to combat economy, higher prices

 

AMERICAN FUR RETAILERS VIEW THE SEASON AHEAD AS MORE DIFFICULT because of the economy in general and higher prices in particular. They’re resigned to working harder because of tough economic conditions and the higher price structure and are prepared for dimmer earnings prospects.

 

At this point, they are still grappling with advertising and promotion plans, which typically get under way in the next few weeks. While some are planning no change in their approach, others say they may be more aggressive in their advertising or pricing. Local television, including nearby ‘hot spots’ reachable by cable TV were mentioned, as were more telephone and direct-mail efforts.

 

Others favored the face-to-face techniques, including fashion show tie-ins with local social and charitable events. Invitations to in-store presentations with offers of discounts or gifts were being considered. A few mentioned that what they saved by merchandising more conservatively this year might be put toward increased promotion.

 

IN THIS ISSUE

 

Economy, Prices Posing Hurdles
Stores Weighing Ways to Combat
U.S. Senate Moves on Weak Yuan…
…but House Is Seen Balking
NAFA Ups Shipper Rebates

 

For extracts from back issues of Sandy Parker Reports see News Index. Subscribers can access an archive of complete issues at www.sandyparker.com.


 

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Wave of Attacks Strike U.S. Mink Farms; Two Perps in Custody: FCUSA PRESS RELEASE

Oct 13, 2011 No Comments

FUR COMMISSION USA PRESS RELEASE, OCTOBER 13, 2011

Wave of Attacks Strike U.S. Mink Farms; Two Perps in Custody

 

(Revised Oct. 16, 2011)

 

After years of focusing on other targets, some animal rights terrorists are again turning their attention on the fur industry, with attacks on four mink farms and a dealer in pelts in the last three weeks. The latest attack came on Oct. 12, against a mink farm in Washington.

 

During the late 1990s, vandalism, trespassing and other crimes against fur farms were at their peak, with 28 cases in 1998 alone. But activity receded sharply in the first decade of this century, with the exact same number of attacks, 28, being notched up in total between 2001 and 2010. Until this September, not a single incident of any significance had been reported this year by the US fur industry.

 

The lull in activity was not unexpected, for two reasons.

 

The public’s perception of fur has improved dramatically in the last decade, in particular the realization that as a natural, biodegradable product, fur is an environment-friendly clothing choice.

 

Meanwhile, the branding of diehard animal rights extremists by the FBI as America’s number one domestic terror threat certainly cooled their heels, as did seeing many of their comrades in arms serving lengthy sentences behind bars.

 

But now there’s a major blip on the graph.

 

On Sept. 24, they attacked Carl Salo’s farm near Astoria, OR, releasing some 300 mink.

On Sept. 26, arsonists attempted to burn down Rocky Mountain Fireworks & Fur Co., near Boise, ID, causing about $100,000 in damage. In an anonymous message to the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, guilt was claimed by the previously unheard of “Arson Unit”.

On Oct. 7, the target was Palmer Erickson’s farm in Jewell, IA, where over 1,200 mink were released.

On Oct. 10, Kellie Marshall and Victor Vanorden were caught in the act of raiding a mink farm near Sioux City, IA. They have been charged with felony second-degree criminal mischief, and misdemeanor possession of burglary tools. Vanorden also faces a misdemeanor charge of carrying a weapon.

 

And in the latest attack, on Oct. 12, Miller’s Mink Ranch in Gifford, WA, saw some 1,100 mink released and abandoned, most of which have now been rescued. An anonymous claim of guilt was sent to the North American Animal Liberation Press Office.

 

“We’re optimistic that this is an aberration,” said Fur Commission USA’s executive director, Michael Whelan. “Perhaps a new crop of animal rightists hasn’t learned yet that neither society nor law enforcement tolerate destruction and intimidation, and that the penalties can be severe.”

 

In the attacks on mink farms, most of the animals were returned safely to the farms, while in the Astoria attack, every last one was accounted for. But as is normal following such crimes, any mink still unaccounted for after a few days are presumed to have suffered and died from thirst, hunger, predators, or automobiles.

 

Fur Commission USA is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of any of these attacks on fur farms.

 

See also:

FCUSA press kit special feature: Safe Farms Campaign.

FCUSA chronology of animal extremist / ecoterror crimes.


 

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Second Mink Farm Attacked in Two Weeks: FCUSA PRESS RELEASE

Oct 07, 2011 1 Comment

FUR COMMISSION USA PRESS RELEASE, OCTOBER 7, 2011

 

Second Mink Farm Attacked in Two Weeks

 

Early this morning animal rights extremists broke into Palmer Erickson’s fur farm in Jewell, Iowa, releasing over 1,200 mink from their cages. According to family member Joel Erickson, four sheds were broken into on the western edge of the farm. The attack was discovered when the family dogs started barking in the pre-dawn hours, apparently interrupting the raid, as evidence gathered at the site points to a hasty escape by the attackers.

 

Over twenty friends and neighbors came to the aide of the Erickson family, recapturing most of the animals within the first few hours. Several mink are still lost in some of the neighboring corn fields. Joel Erickson stated, “It may be days before we find them all. They are suffering out there, and will start dying of thirst if we don’t find them soon.”

 

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Dept., the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the FBI are investigating the case, and anyone with information is urged to call the Sheriff’s Department at 515-832-9500.

 

On Sept. 24, extremists attacked a mink farm in Astoria Oregon, releasing 300 animals. Fur Commission USA is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators in each of these incidents.

 

See also:

 

FCUSA press kit special feature: Safe Farms Campaign.

FCUSA chronology of animal extremist / ecoterror crimes.


 

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West Hollywood City Council presses pause on ordinance to ban fur apparel. FICA press release.

Oct 04, 2011 No Comments

FUR INFORMATION COUNCIL OF AMERICA PRESS RELEASE, OCTOBER 4, 2011

 

West Hollywood City Council Presses Pause on Ordinance to Ban Fur Apparel Due to Public Outcry

 

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA: Recognizing the concerns of the businesses community and residents the West Hollywood City Council voted on Monday night to table discussion of the proposed fur ban ordinance for 30 days.

 

According to Keith Kaplan, Executive Director of the Fur Information Council of America, based in West Hollywood, and a 26-year West Hollywood resident, “Amidst growing opposition to the proposal to ban the sale of fur apparel in West Hollywood, the City Council has taken a fair and intelligent step and asked for additional time to meet with local businesses and residents. They also expressed concern over mounting potential legal issues surrounding the ban.”

 

Kaplan went on to add, “In their attempts to meet the demands of animal activists, largely from outside the community, and balance these against concerns of their own business community they had developed a draft ordinance that allows shoppers to buy any fur product offered in some stores, some fur products offered in others, and only some types of fur in others … are you confused? We are!”

 

Genevieve Morrill, President of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, comments that “This ordinance is confusing to businesses, intimidating to shoppers and will only hurt businesses in our community in already tough economic times. We hope to work with the City Council to develop more effective programs promoting transparency and allowing honest consumer education so that they can make the best and most informed choice for themselves.”

 

“We see this move by the City Council as a very positive step,” notes Mr. Kaplan. “This recent decision is moving slowly away from their original positioning as anti-business and anti-freedom of choice; which is in stark contrast to the image of West Hollywood as a free-choice city.

 

Perhaps the words that sum up what is truly at stake in all of this were said best by John D’Amico, the very councilman who brought forth the ordinance in the first place, “With over 500,000 square feet of empty storefront space in West Hollywood, there is clearly much room for improvement. Owners of small businesses in our town often say that the problem is not only the high cost for rents, but the number of rules and regulations that act as downward pressure on the small business community and hinder their ability to prosper here.” John D’Amico, 2011.

 

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What You Can Do

 

The time to act is now. We have 30 days to let them know what our community really thinks! Below is a template letter that sets forth the key points in this discussion. Note that this is not a pro-fur vs. anti-fur issue. The important and relevant discussion here is that our City Council needs to support local business and support freedom of choice.

 

If you are not a West Hollywood resident that’s okay too. Just make any minor modifications to the letter and send it along. You can bet the other side is (and has been) sending letters from around the world.

 

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS COPY AND PASTE INTO AN E-MAIL, SIGN YOUR NAME (AND NOTE UNDERNEATH IF YOU ARE A WEST HOLLYWOOD RESIDENT) AND SEND TO CCOUNCIL@WEHO.ORG

 

Dear West Hollywood City Council Member:

I applaud your decision to table the discussion of the proposed fur ban at the October 3, 2011 city council meeting. 

I hope this move will allow you time to better understand and consider the concerns of the business community and develop an alternative solution that:

1) Avoids unnecessary restrictions on businesses facing an already tough business environment

2) Recognizes the principles of freedom of choice on which this city was founded

3) Addresses the concerns of animal activists by providing meaningful consumer education rather than forcing a ban on consumers who deserve the right to choose.

As a resident I hope you will also give due consideration to any potential legal challenges to avoid wasting city funds that might otherwise be directed to infrastructure improvements or social programs so vital to our city’s present and future. 

Ultimately your responsibility is to the businesses and residents (like myself) of this city, not to the outside influence of animal activists and other outside special interest groups.

Sincerely,


 

Further reading:

 

West Hollywood’s fur ban: Is it unlawful? LA Weekly, Oct. 4, 2011.

Angry businesses delay West Hollywood fur ban. NBC Los Angeles. Oct. 4, 2011.


 

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Troops to receive ‘distinctly Canadian’ fur hats: Globe and Mail

Oct 04, 2011 No Comments