WelFur – let the animals speak

June 17, 2013 by Mick Madsen

This month is a proud one for the European fur sector. The European Fur Breeders’ Association publishes its animal welfare protocols for mink and fox, and, in my opinion, this may well mark the beginning of a new chapter in European agricultural industries. The WelFur protocols contain more than 30 years of animal welfare science for fur farmed species and as such WelFur is the new scientific reference for animal welfare in fur farmed species. The protocols are also the … Continue reading

It does pay off to open your doors

May 15, 2013 by Mille Merrild

On Sunday the 12th of May, ten Danish fur breeders opened up their mink farms to the public and I went and visited one of those farms. Even though I have worked with mink before and know about the daily life of the farm pretty well, I still feel that there’s something very special about the first time you are visiting a new farm. The farm I visited in Denmark is placed on the west coast of Jutland and Jens … 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

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

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