Take the cotton out of your ears, please

August 21, 2013 by Mick Madsen

At current prices, the economic value of fur is 533 euro per kg, while the value of cotton is 1,32 euro per kilo. Said in another way, one will need to produce 403 times more cotton than fur in order to gain the same economic value. Now, why is this relevant? It is relevant because export, job creation, investments and tax income are all closely attached to economic value, and if you want to criticise fur for being environmentally more … Continue reading

Meeting activists on the farm can be a good experience

July 2, 2013 by Mille Merrild

My first encounter with animal rights activists was last month when I went to the open farm event in Sweden. I had hired a Swedish video photographer in order to create a video of the event, however we were so lucky that a small group of four activists showed up to have a look around the mink farm. Even though I have been involved somehow with the fur industry my entire life, I have never actually had any form for … Continue reading

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

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