Facts About The Fur Trade
Life Depends Upon Other Living Organisms
What is Fur
Fur is the thick growth of hair that covers the skin of many kinds of animals. People make coats and other warm clothing from fur. They value fur for its beauty as well as for the warmth it provides.
Facts About Furs
All life depends upon other living organisms. We may decide, on a personal level, that we will no longer eat meat or wear fur, leather or woolens. However, innumerable insects and animals will still be affected by our need to protect and harvest vegetables and cereals. Meanwhile, land used to grow crops and build our roads and cities was once wildlife habitat.
How is Fur Obtained?
Millions of foxes and minks are raised yearly on ranches in the United States, Canada, and many European countries. Ranches in Afghanistan, Russia, and South West Africa raise Karakul sheep, whose fur is called Persian lamb. Ranchers raise chinchillas in Europe, North America, South Africa, and Rhodesia. More than 50 percent of the furs produced in the United States, and about 40 percent of those produced in Canada come from ranches.
Over 40 million mink and fox pelts alone are produced each year, which is roughly equivalent to the total number of furs taken from the wild. In addition, Chinchilla, fitch, finnraccon, nutria and other furbearers are also raised in smaller numbers. Finally, large numbers of pelts are produced in some countries from sheep, goat and rabbits, where the fur is a valuable by-product of meat production.
The farming of mink was pioneered in the USA more than 150 years ago, during the Civil War, at Lake Casadacka, New York. The first attempts to raise mink in Canada were recorded in the 1870s, by the Patterson Brothers, in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Fur is one of the oldest forms of clothing we know. It is still exceptional for its warmth, durability and beauty.
In a world where humans interact with wildlife habitat in countless ways, management of certain animal populations will always be necessary.
Leaders in Conservation
Fur Commission USA represents mink farming families, works to ensure superior standards of animal husbandry through our own certification program, educates the public about responsible fur farming and the merits of fur.
The Protest Industry
Most people today would agree that, while we use animals in many ways, we have a responsibility to avoid inflicting unnecessary suffering on any creature.
Donating? Ask Questions.
There are many wonderful charities doing good deeds for people, animals, and the environment and they need the public’s support. There are also quite a few charities that aren’t very effective at what they do, or mislead the public about their activities.
Top 10 Threats To Trapping
There are many forces in America working to end trapping and wise wildlife management. Here are a few of those anti-trapping groups.