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Major new report on European fur trade

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robert99 robert99 Sweden Posts: 1360
1 14 Oct 2015
http://www.furfreealliance.com/major-new-report-on-european-fur-trade/

The report Animal welfare and the European fur trade will be launched on 15 October in the European Parliament in room ASP 04F384. The event is organised by the Fur Free Alliance and Eurogroup for Animals and will be hosted by Finnish Member of Parliament Heidi Hautala.

The European fur industry, and especially the Nordic fur industry, markets itself as a responsible business concerned about ethics. A new report reveals that fur farms producing Saga fur, the main Nordic fur auction house and brand, share the considerable animal welfare problems inherent in fur production, that have led to bans on ethical and welfare grounds in several countries.
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robert99 robert99 Sweden Posts: 1360
2 18 Oct 2015
http://www.eurogroupforanimals.org/animal-suffering-and-the-marketing-tactics-behind-the-european-fur-trade-revealed-in-new-report/
The Nordic countries, in particular, have been branding their fur industry as being ethical in terms of animal welfare. Especially the Scandinavian company Saga Furs is using strategies as “ethical branding”. Yet the new report about the Nordic fur trade reveals how conditions for the animals on Nordic fur farms are not significantly different from the conditions on fur farms in other parts of the world.

“Fur farming and its animal welfare problems are the same everywhere, in Finland as well as in Denmark and China. Active predators such as minks and foxes, the main species reared on fur farms, are kept in long rows of battery wire mesh cages where their behavioural needs cannot be met”, says Salla Tuomivaara, co-author and Director for the Finnish NGO Animalia.

The launch of the new critical fur report is timely, as the fur industry only two weeks ago had an exhibition in the European Parliament, promoting its animal welfare scheme. According to the report, Saga Furs claims to be proud that their fur comes from countries enforcing fur-animal welfare legislation, “from closely monitored farms in the EU or Norway”.

“These animal welfare schemes are used as marketing instruments to create an impression of high animal welfare standards, when in reality Nordic fur farming is criticised by animal welfare experts even within its own countries”, says co-author and veterinarian Siri Martinsen, Director for the Norwegian NGO NOAH.

One of the conclusions of the report is that the company Saga Furs is to be regarded as a marketing campaign combating increasing ethical awareness in a Europe that is increasingly concerned about animal welfare.

report at
http://www.furfreealliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Pels_final_print_mail.pdf
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reddapanda reddapanda ACT Posts: 381
3 18 Oct 2015
Seems they need to be very clear about what the "standard" of ethical practice should be in terms of specifics, and check how "okay" people are with that. Then it's not dissimilar to the "free range" and other-styles of debates, which have started and should continue.

What is it that people think constitutes the label of "ethical" and what is the practice. The same awareness raising of these issues can be done about fur (in Nordic countries) as with eggs and chicken meat (here).

I'm not supporting the use of any of these products btw, but seems there has to be the conversation to move from what's current practice and lack of transparency now, to the next steps of greater transparency and understood standards which better align to community expectations (in the applicable countries and sub-communities).

Thanks again.

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robert99 robert99 Sweden Posts: 1360
4 18 Oct 2015
I don't understand how Scandinavian countries can carry on with fur farms. It's only the arguement that people will lose work, income etc that is used. A new video from inside a mnik farm seems to come out weekly and nothing gets done. It's like US and school shootings.
"In Aarhus, Denmark’s second city, the local bus fleet powers itself with biofuel that is created, in part, from the bodies of slaughtered mink." http://www.economist.com/news/business/21601488-how-danes-became-masters-global-fur-business-adventures-skin-trade
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reddapanda reddapanda ACT Posts: 381
5 18 Oct 2015
Hey Robert, thanks for sharing that article. The lives of fur animals seems so awful, and the numbers of mink being bred in Denmark each year is astounding. Seems some smart campaigning is needed in China. Not really sure what.

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robert99 robert99 Sweden Posts: 1360
7 18 Oct 2015
reddapanda said:
Hey Robert, thanks for sharing that article. The lives of fur animals seems so awful, and the numbers of mink being bred in Denmark each year is astounding. Seems some smart campaigning is needed in China. Not really sure what.

paw
When rich people stop thinking that fur is an exclusive product and start seeing dead animal skins instead, then the fur industry will stop. Millions, yes millions of mink, foxes etc are killed every year. It's like thinking a Honda or a Ford car are exclusive.
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