Does the fur debate aid our pursuit of knowledge – or is it just counterproductive?

July 18, 2013 by Christina Rehnberg

”You are going to work for the fur-industry? I can’t respect you in the same way anymore”. This, among others, was a reaction I received, when I told my friends where I was going to work during the summer. I’ve been working as an intern at the European Fur Breeders’ Association for almost three weeks now, and can gladly say that it has been a very informative and enjoyable experience. I’ve learnt a great deal about how the fur industry … 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

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

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