Flemington Fur welcomes the opportunity to share truthful information…

75-80% of fur garments sold are raised on farms (mink, fox, etc.) under conditions that are among the very best of all farmed animals. This is in comparison to farms that raise poultry, pork or cattle. The reason is simple: A pelt is worth more if the animal is healthy and has no marks or defects. This requires a great deal more daily attention, care and superior housing.

North American and European fur farms operate under the strictest supervision of government agencies. Codes of practice are approved by veterinary associations and humane societies. Farms that do not meet standards for humane conditions are closed. When a farm bred animal is taken for its fur, it’s done via means established by veterinarians and agricultural specialists and recognized as the best of animal welfare methods. These animals are NOT tortured, skinned alive or have their necks broken. We ask where animal rights groups get the horrible film footage they use so we can be investigate. Never, have we received a response.

Today, there are more species of wildlife thriving in the United States than there were in 1900. This is a fact – and it’s no accident. Beaver, Deer, Raccoon, etc. are thriving like never before. Here’s why:

Each year, wildlife professionals who work for government agencies and conservation organizations, closely monitor wildlife populations across the country. They spend a countless hours in the field determining the health of these populations. Their job is to measure wildlife populations and habitat health. The greatest threat to wildlife comes when a species outgrows its habitat. If this happens, Mother Nature steps in with cruel methods – disease, starvation, etc. – and kills off huge numbers. In many instances, entire populations are wiped out.

When studies are complete, professionals determine how many beavers, raccoons, nutria, etc. must be trapped or hunted each year in order to keep the populations healthy and strong. Hunting and trapping are the most effective means known for keeping animal populations at levels which ensure their survival and overall health. It’s important to note that hunters and trappers also adhere to strict regulations. They are licensed and their activities are monitored so that numbers trapped/hunted do not exceed the safe levels intended.

If there were no fur industry, trapping would continue the same as it does today. The difference is that trappers could not sell their pelts to auction houses. Instead taxpayers would cover the cost of controlling animal populations and it’s likely that less humane methods would be used. Furs would be discarded instead of being made into warm coats.

North American fur concerns will NEVER, ever trade in endangered species. Once an animal is classified as “endangered”, everything is done to ensure that their populations become healthy again. If anyone says otherwise, know they are NOT being truthful.

Nearly 90% of our population agrees that responsible use of animals to benefit mankind is okay. Animal research has led to cures for polio and small pox and is necessary to cure cancer, paralysis – and find a solution to autism. Our vets can treat our pets because of their experience operating in laboratories prior to becoming licensed. We eat turkey at Thanksgiving and regularly have cook outs. We eat Jello gelatin for dessert, take vitamins and feed our pets products made from animal by-products. We kick footballs and ride in cars with leather seats. Selling fur is no different than selling hot dogs.

Don’t hesitate to ask professional fund raisers (who call themselves “animal rights groups”) where their money goes. What happens to dogs “rescued” during natural disasters (most are euthanized) and what shelters do they support (none)? Where are they when wildfires are killing thousands of animals trapped in flames?

If you’d like more information, contact the Fur Information Council of America in West Hollywood, CA, the Fur Institute of Canada of Ottawa or the Fur Council of Canada in Montreal. They’ll be glad to provide detailed, honest answers about our industry.