Hey, let’s beat the crap out of some Inuits

April 26, 2013 by Mick Madsen

Yesterday the EU General Court handed down its ruling in a legal case where Canadian Inuits and the Fur Institute of Canada tried to annul the 2009 EU ban on seal products. The court rejected the claim saying that the EU law already protects the interests of Inuit communities by authorising the sale of seal products that “result from hunts traditionally conducted by such indigenous communities for the purpose of their existence” – the so-called Inuit exemption. Very generous of … Continue reading

Are farmed fur animals wild? Not so much

April 23, 2013 by Mick Madsen

When people voice their opinion against fur farming it is an often used argument that farmed fur animals are wild animals and thus not suited to farm life in a cage. The argument is intriguing – but it is not correct. The first recorded history of fur farmed mink dates back to 1860s in North America and a fox farm from about 1908 on Prince Edward Island in Canada is generally recognized as the world’s first silver fox farm. The … Continue reading

I don’t think a “fuck you” has ever started a healthy debate

April 22, 2013 by Mille Merrild

Well, my guess is that at some point between Saturday night and Sunday morning, someone posted the facebook page of European Fur Breeders’ Association on an animal rights forum and encouraged others to go on the page and join in with their opinion. At least, that is how I am imagining the whole thing going down because I woke up Sunday morning to at least 15 notifications on my facebook and it turned out to be, let’s say, not so … Continue reading

Do animal rights groups really want to play the democracy game?

April 19, 2013 by Mick Madsen

There is an interesting development going on in the United States which involves the never-ending conflict between animal rights groups and animal agriculture. Several states have proposed or enacted bills that would make it illegal to covertly videotape livestock farms, or apply for a job without disclosing ties to animal rights groups, writes the New York Times. The bills also require people in possession of video documentation of animal abuse to hand over such documentation to the relevant authorities within 24-48 hours. … Continue reading

What else is old news?

April 16, 2013 by Mick Madsen

News Agency Reuters reports that American fur farmers now are scrambling to keep up with China’s demand of fur. We understand that this recent situation has arrived after an economic downturn and years of animal rights activism. Well, put that way it sure is news. The news is however, quite old. Fur farmers, Americans and Europeans, sure were hit by the global recession. The fall of some American financial institutions in late 2008 could be observed at the price levels in … Continue reading

The Naked Truth: Innovation brought fur back big time

April 9, 2013 by Mick Madsen

Some 20 years ago the international fur industry was bleeding. Those were the days when fashion models still scored all the big contracts modelling for clothing brands and cosmetics rather than today’s faces who increasingly come from other parts of popular culture like film, TV and music. It was the days of the supermodels, and the most super of them all agreed to pose in the “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” advertising campaign by animal rights group PETA. Global superstars … Continue reading

Think twice – you are welcome to hate us afterwards

April 5, 2013 by Mick Madsen

60% of the Europeans believe fur farming in Europe should be banned, and that is just about a fair reason why this blog is needed. One thing is all the good people (I know quite a few of them) who will lose their livelihood if fur farming in Europe is shut down. But more importantly, way too many Europeans base their opinion about fur and fur farming in Europe on wrong assumptions about the industry. For instance, a recent survey … Continue reading