Press Kit

The following selection of resources is intended to provide journalists with a one-stop introduction to the fur industry and FCUSA. See also our Press ClippingsPhoto Library, and FAQs. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact us.


About FCUSA

What Is Fur Commission USA?

State Fair Flyer. Full-color flyer on the work of Fur Commission USA. PDF. Or click here for a flyer specific to your state.


Documents on the Fur Industry

Fur industry statistics. Production and retail, global and North America.

Fur facts, produced by FCUSA. (PDF)

Mink farming in the USA Four-page leaflet produced by FCUSA. (PDF)

Mink production in the United States from 1974 to the present.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics on mink industry in the U.S. (PDF)

US mink: State of the industry – 2010. FCUSA report and analysis.
US mink: State of the industry – 2009. FCUSA report and analysis.
US mink: State of the industry – 2008. FCUSA report and analysis.
US mink: State of the industry – 2007. FCUSA report and analysis.

US mink production dips, auction prices surge to new high. FCUSA analysis of latest USDA statistics. July 2011.

Industry & Trade Summary: Fur Skins. US International Trade Commission publication 3666. (January 2004) See also International Trade Commission publishes imperfect but valuable resource. FCUSA review (February 2004)..

“The Socio-Economic Impact of European Fur Farming”. An 8-page full-color brochure produced by the European Fur Breeders Association and the International Fur Trade Federation in 10 languages. The English-language version is available on the web in HTML and PDF formats. (November 2001)


Key Links
Links to major industry organizations. For comprehensive links click here.

FCUSA BACKGROUNDERS

Canaries in the food chain: Food-borne illnesses in mink herds.

Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy

Special Features

SAFE FARMS CAMPAIGN
In August 1999, the first Safe Farms Support Rally was held in Wisconsin – an outpouring of frustration from farmers and other concerned citizens at the escalation of attacks from animal rights terrorists.

REGULATING THE CONFLICT INDUSTRY
The “conflict industry” is a largely unregulated multinational business sector which prospers by causing friction between resource users and the general public. Its key areas of operation are environmental issues and animal welfare / rights.

EURO-WATCH
Fur farming in Europe, world center of farmed fur production.

HSUS RESOURCE CENTER
Stay up to speed with all the latest on America’s largest animal rights group, the Humane Society of the United States.

MARINE MAMMAL PROTECTION ACT
The 1972 U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act bans imports or sales or all marine mammal products, regardless of the conservation status of the species, negatively impacting the economies and cultural traditions of indigenous peoples in the High North.

 

 

 

 

 

 HSUS FURRY TRADE-BARRIER CAMPAIGN

In 1998, the Humane Society of the US, America’s largest animal rights group, launched its “Fur Free 2000″ campaign, aimed in part at blocking legitimate fur imports to the US from Asia. The central theme is HSUS’s assertion that Americans are unwittingly buying furs made from “pets”. Fact or hype?

 

 

 

 

 

BEVERLY HILLS LABELING INITIATIVE 
In the spring of 1999, an animal rights initiative to have furs labeled with details of how the furbearers MAY have died was defeated in Beverly Hills, CA.