Facts & Reports

New report from Respect for Animals makes case for ban on fur farming in Europe.

New report from Respect for Animals makes case for ban on fur farming in Europe.

Respect for Animals has produced a comprehensive and detailed scientific report which shows why fur farming should be banned. The report was launched in the European Parliament in Strasbourg at a meeting of the Parliament’s Intergroup on the Welfare and…

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Nordic Fur Trade- marketed as responsible business

Nordic Fur Trade- marketed as responsible business

Read the new report by our European colleagues on the reality of Saga Fur's 'ethical' farming policy.

The document exposes the reality of fur farming in stark contrast to the spurious claim of high ethical standards made by the fur trade. Launched in the European Parliament, with support across Europe- including from Respect for Animals-  the report focuses on…

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The Ethical Case Against Fur Farming

The Ethical Case Against Fur Farming

A Statement by an international group of academics, including ethicists, philosophers and theologians.

  'We believe that fur farming should be done away with... In short: a system of farming that inherently exposes animals to high levels of suffering for trivial ends cries out for abolitionist legislation. We urge member States of the EU to give this matter…

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English Version of Dutch Court of Appeal Verdict

English Version of Dutch Court of Appeal Verdict

Read the historical document that will see Dutch fur farming finally phased out!

The ethical argument against the keeping of animals for fur has previously caused several European countries, among which the UK (2000), Austria (2004) and most recently the Belgium region of Walloon (2015), to ban fur farming completely. Fur bans are…

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Statistics

Statistics

Accurate statistics showing the number of animals killed by the fur trade each year are notoriously difficult to get hold of and published figures from the fur trade may not be accurate.

The other reason that the statistics can never be accurate is the constantly changing nature of the fur trade. Economics volatility as well as the vagaries of fashion mean that the overall demand for fur and for the fur of different species shifts all the time. You only…

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Trapping

Trapping

The main trapping nations are the USA, Russia and Canada.

Information about the exact numbers and the types of animals being trapped is very hard to get hold of from the two larger trapping nations – USA and Russia - although Canada does publish annual statistics. One of the most commonly used traps used to catch…

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Fur Farming

Fur Farming

The conditions under which animals are kept are the same throughout the world.

Long rows of barren wire cages in open sided sheds house the animals that are fed with dollops of paste placed on the cage tops. Water is supplied by hose and nipple. A typical mink cage would measure 70cm long by 40 wide and 45 high. Its size is based more on the length…

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Dog and Cat Fur

Dog and Cat Fur

The production and trade in dog and cat fur is banned throughout the European Union.

The new regulations give Trading Standards the authority to investigate, seize and forfeit such goods should they be found on sale anywhere in Europe. Thankfully, no cat or dog fur has been found on sale in the UK but the UK is an important trading post for the fur…

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Rabbit Fur: The Facts

Rabbit Fur: The Facts

There is a common misconception that rabbit fur is a ‘by-product’ of the meat industry. It is not.

The same ethical and moral considerations that surround other types of animal fur also apply to rabbit fur. Rabbit fur is central to the fur market and is cheaper to produce than many other furs. Fur farming has been banned in the UK since 2003, due to its inherent…

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The Fur Trade and the Environment

The Fur Trade and the Environment

The fur industry likes to claim that it a sustainable industry, even environmentally responsible, sometimes, even ‘green'. This claim is laughable and does not stand up to scrutiny.

 Many fur trade advertisements have had to be withdrawn or amended following complaints to advertising standards authorities in a number of countries. (See case histories at bottom of page) The trade says it does not use furfrom endangered species. Of course…

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Paw print

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Fighting the Fur Trade


From our hard hitting campaigns involving celebrities and fashion designers to our lobbying of legislators at national and European level, we have a proud track record of fighting the international fur trade. 

Respect for Animals led the succesful campaign which saw fur farming banned throughout the United Kingdom.