There are two ways in clothing industry, but only one in fashion, the way of nature and a way of artificial fabrics. Guess which way is the fashionable one? Instead of stylish ways, we should talk about fur farming, the real wild source of genuine fur. Nowadays fur comes both wild and farmed. However, almost 85 % of fur that is being sold today is farmed. With European Fur Information Center (EFIC) iconography lets uncover true statistics of fur farming. So, we must grab our America fur coats and sit on the play to Europe.
The most common farmed fur species
If we look at the statistics of the most common farmed fur-bearing animal we’ll definitely find mink and fox in the list. Other animals, like nutria, chinchilla, fitch, sable and finn raccoons are being farmed in a smaller scale then mink or fox. If we take a look at fur farming statistics by the region, we’ll see that trapping and farming of fur bearers takes about 58 % of the fur industry in Europe and about 10 % in North America. The rest percentage comes from Argentina, China, Ukraine and Russia.
If it wasn’t for fur farming and trading, we would be jobless and worthless. This industry provides people with jobs, security and livelihood. Both in North America and Europe farming and trapping fur was a way of survival and it’s still is the way of nature. Even if there are harsh conflicts between pro-fur and anti-fur farming activists, we still work in this field of fashion. Even in Europe, there are at least 6,000 fur farms. In EU it’s a sector of qualification and specialization. You may visit some famous mink, chinchilla and fox farms in North America as well. However, some of these farms are a small family-run businesses, but they provide fur fashion sector with the best material. Within years fur sector may even grow and change. How will we adapt to these changes or even challenges?
In Europe, farmers are able to supplement their income from other agricultural activities, not just from fur farming. Their jobs remain economically stable and viable even when seasons change. They profit out of this market keeps on growing.
Fur farming products and behavioral studies
Why do we farm fur? What is it for us? Fur is a so-called by-product. So by farming fur we efficiently use animal by-products. Other farming sectors focuses on food production rather than clothing industry. Beside the result or the product, scientist had a research on farmed animals behavior. So we house minks in sheds wider than four meters. Their sheds must be open-sided only with roofing panels. Fur farmers provide their animals with proper temperature and light conditions. They must protect fur bearing animals from rain, sun and wind. Most of mink cages are wired and placed in rows. Foxes farming conditions are not the exception. In order to investigate farmed animals behavior farmers place them in sufficient space, so that fur bearers could move.
Natural vs Artificial
The day we began to make clothing out of artificial fabrics, fur farming was put at risk. Because it is still the way of nature, designers and fur farmers choose different models and methods of providing us with genuine fur. Still, real fur appears on a fashion weeks catwalk every year. Pro-fur designers and farmers have their tactics and methods.
Take mink farming for example, proper fur farmer will make sure to provide round nest boxes bedded with straw or wood shavings for their animals, so that they could breed and sleep in comfort. NESTING BOX- have become a standard in the mink fur production. Beside these boxes, farmers makes sure to keep mink’s and fox’s cubs with their mothers for about 7-8 weeks. After that, they are separated into groups of 2-3. If animals were trapped during fall, they must be housed separately.
Under the control of national and EU law, so as North American provincial/state requirements, animals are killed humanly and breaded lawfully. No stressful transportation is used for alive farmed animals to rake them from point A to point B.
And for the record, those who think, that they are against fur farming and fur industry, think again about your environment, the seat of your car, your shoes and etc. Fur is green and learn how to wear it responsibly, “educate yourself, before you regulate yourself”.