Fur has existed since the birth of mankind and has enabled man to survive and develop in cold regions. Besides its very long tradition, hundred years, fur is natural warmth, unique comfort and extreme resistance.
Emerging nearly a century ago, fur farming in Europe is a proud heritage due to its long experience to participate in the development of rural zones facing harsh climatic conditions, to contribute to the preservation of families and communities, and by this way the maintenance of cultural diversity.
By choosing fur, a sustainable activity, we are supporting people and cultures. The world demand for fur has seen strong growth, mainly due to the global demography, the emergence of new markets, such as Russia, Ukraine and China, and the arrival of new products.
By using the best techniques available, Europe meets the toughest demands in terms of quality production conditions and respect for animal welfare and for the environment. All these elements contribute to the improvement of fur quality and thus of the finished product.
Extremely well regulated at European level and with very strict national legislation, fur farming in Europe is among the best controlled in the world. Next to the general provisions for the protection of farmed animals laid down in the Council Directive 98/58, the Council of Europe Recommendation for fur-farmed animals (1999) gives the detailed provisions for the health and welfare of fur-farmed species.
The Council of Europe requires constantly independent information on the welfare of fur-farmed animals, this is why a Scientific Committee of independent members from Universities and Agricultural Research Centres from different European countries has been set up in 2001. The health and welfare of the fur animals on the farms are controlled by the national and European veterinarians’ community to guarantee a good level.
Based on the Council of Europe Recommendation, EFBA has also developed a Code of Conduct for its members. In addition, continuous scientific research and training of our farmers help us to guarantee the best care for the animals. Through these responsible practices, we are meeting very good welfare standards in our farms.
The fur farming sector makes every effort to guarantee an agricultural activity that has a minimal effect on the environment e.g. our waste products are recycled as fertilizers or used in the production of bio fuels. The biggest fur-producing countries such as Denmark, Finland and The Netherlands are all countries well known for their respect for the environment as reflected in their national legislation.