What is special about fur?

Fur has natural qualities that other products do not offer: fur is naturally warm, extremely resistant and offers an excellent protection against cold weather. In addition, the quality of the natural fur is very high and has no comparison to synthetics.

How popular is fur?

We are seeing a rise in worldwide demand thanks to a global demographic evolution and to promising new markets such as Russia, China and Ukraine. In addition to traditional products, a new demand is developing for garments intended for trimmings. The total European production has grown in the past ten years from 22 million pelts to more than 31.5 million pelts (+42%) creating up to 120,000 jobs mainly in rural zones of Europe.

Are fur animals killed humanely?

Thanks to research from scientists all over the world, we can ensure that fur farmers always use the most humane methods when killing the animals. Strict legislation exists in Europe and all our EU farms are controlled by National and European Veterinary Authorities. Thanks to our long experience, the training of our farmers and the use of the best techniques, animals are killed quickly and without pain.

How do I know where the fur comes from?

As a consumer or retailer, you can always ask about the origins of furs. The fur trade uses an international label of origin, Origin Assured (OA). The label covers certain fur types and is used in several countries which regulate fur trade by means of legislation and inspection. Furs carrying the label can be traced down through the chain of suppliers, work rooms, tanneries, buyers and auction houses to the country of origin.
Please also note that dog and cat furs as well as fur from seal pups are banned for import into Europe.

What do you do with the meat from the fur animals?

Fur animal bodies are recycled and, for instance, used in bio-diesel production. In this way, the entire animal is used. Fur animal feed also contains by-products from human food production – material that would otherwise have been destroyed. This means that fur farms even consume more meat than they produce – and nothing is wasted.

Where are fur animals farmed?

Fur farming in Europe is mainly concentrated in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands and Poland.
Denmark is the largest producer of mink pelts (with 47.7% of European production) and Finland is the biggest producer of fox pelts (with more than 81% of European production).