People have benefited from the animals as a resource, since man evolved into a separate species, but our use of animals at different times had different meanings. Before industrialization animals were, for example, much more important as labor than now, where the animals in are important for food security because the world population is growing rapidly. Animals have been included in our consumption patterns of all times, and the use of animal fur as clothing has always been a way for people to keep warm.
Today it can be argued that fur is an unnecessary luxury product because there are alternatives that the consumer can use to keep warm. That is not a valid argument. As long as we as humans use animals in different contexts, fur is no different from beef and wool. The Ethics council under the Danish Ministry of Justice writes on the subject:
If you generally perceive fur as a commodity on a par with the other products we get from animals, it becomes difficult to see in what way the fur would distinguish itself as a special luxury product. In our society we surround ourselves with products that are not necessary for us, and definition of when something is luxurious, therefore is somewhat randomly. For example it is difficult to argue that fur is more luxurious than meat, because in our part of the world overflows with substitutes for both. And if you choose to spread the discussion out to cover environmental issues, the fur seem less luxurious than meat eating, as you may argue for the use of fur as a more environmentally friendly product than synthetic materials and the production of meat, which offers severe environmental burden and poorer energy use of the land than crop production.
Ethical considered it is therefore not appropriate to consider the fur as an unnecessary luxury product, as long as we do not take the same account in the eating of meat. For all animal husbandryapplies that animal welfare should have a high level. All animals should be treated properly while they live, and the killing of the animals must be done in a proper way. Danish mink farming is regulated by both the Danish legislation and EU legislation. The Danish provisions are made in collaboration with the Animal Protection Organisation.
Animals is bred for many reasons: for meat, dairy products, leather, wool, sheepskin, cashmere, silk and fur. It is for those who keep animal husbandry, to ensure that the animals, in their care, are treated humanely. This responsibility is taken very seriously by fur farmers.
Most skins are sold internationally farmed. Fur has been selectively bred for over 100 years and is not the same as their wild counterparts. Not only are there laws and industry code and farm certification programs that regulate animal welfare on fur farms, but the health of an animal appears in its fur first - so it is in everyone's interest to care for the animals wellbeing.
More than two thirds of furs sold internationally come from EU countries and North America, the rest coming from countries such as Argentina, China, Ukraine and Russia. Animal welfare is in focus of fur farming and in every jurisdiction's laws and regulations on animal welfare. The farmers even encourages governments to implement animal welfare rules, based on scientific research, and in the big fur farming countries, farmers are working with veterinary researchers, to create voluntary standards and certification programs - for example the Welfur program in Europe.
Fur farmers support the current academic welfare research, including research into the best food, cage conditions and veterinary treatment for farmed fur.
Fur farming is an important part of the local agricultural economies. Fur farming is particularly suited to remote northern climate where suitable arable land is rare, and many fur farms supports families and communities in rural areas where the climate and the environment makes it difficult to grow many different species / crops. Fur farms are often passed on from generation to generation with the special skills required. Fur farmers are proud of their traditions and their animals.
We require all our suppliers and their subcontractors comply with the following:
- · All fur used in the production of / for our company must comply with local laws.
- · All fur used in the production of / for our company must come from farmed animals.
- The farmers must ensure that the animals can live in good agreement with its inherent.
- The farmers must ensure that the animals’ natural behavioural needs are met.
- The farmers must ensure that the animals' cage size and design ensures that the animals can perform species-specific behavioural elements.
- The farmers must ensure that the cages are equipped with items (toys, etc.) to ensure non stereotypical behaviour.
- The farmers must ensure that the cage system ensures that the animals are well and properly supervised.
- The farmers must ensure that process of, periodic veterinary supervision.
- The farmers must ensure that the killing of animals is done quickly and painlessly 'out of the cages' and transport is not relevant.
- · All fur used in the production of / for our company are of non-endangered species.
- · All fur used in the production of / for our company can be imported and used legally in Denmark and the EU.
We state that we comply to DMOGT's code of conduct in this field, just as we should clarify that the legislation both nationally and internationally is followed.
You can read more about animal welfare here:
Natural Fur - The responsible choice