Fur Commission USA is a non-profit trade association representing over 400 farming families working on close to 300 farms in about two dozen states. Through their cooperatives, North American Fur Auctions and American Legend, these farmers market over 3 million of the world’s finest mink pelts annually, valued at over $290 million a year at auction. Garment manufacturers incorporate these in everything from utilitarian cold-weather clothing to haute couture fashion. Over 400 fashion designers currently use natural fiber furs in their collections.
Our volunteer board and committees work to ensure superior standards of animal husbandry through our own certification program, and to educate the public about responsible fur farming and the merits of fur.
Farmed fur is a natural fiber and an environment-friendly resource. By feeding domesticated carnivores the “leftovers” from human food production (beef, fish, dairy, poultry), fur farmers reduce the environmental impact of the agricultural sector as a whole. And when your fur jacket comes to the end of its long life, it’s biodegradable too.
Fur farmers also make an important contribution to wildlife conservation. Farmed fur complements fur harvested as a part of wildlife management. By stabilizing prices in times of heavy demand, fur farmers help wildlife managers focus on ecological needs, not on market demands. As if that were not enough, fur is a superior insulator ideal for cold-weather clothing, it’s durable, and it’s exquisite to look at and touch. It’s not by chance people the world over love fur!