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

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

Macklemore and the ethics of a fur coat

July 4, 2013 by Mick Madsen

Last weekend I went to the Couleur Café Festival in Brussels. Saturday’s headliner was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis who flooded the airwaves of Europe with ‘Thrift Shop’ this spring, a song which may be about creating a unique, personal style through second hand shopping – or it might just be a one finger salute to the consumer society. Or simply an excuse to rap a ton of bad words. Whatever the deeper meaning of the song, a silly scene played … 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

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