Fur Sales On The Rise

Fur Sales On The Rise

July 5, 2016 by Leave a Comment

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There is a perception in the animal rights community that fur consumption is declining when, in fact, it is on the rise.

  • From 1990 – 2015, fur sales in the U.S. grew by approximately 50%
  • From 2013 to 2014, U.S. fur sales grew by 7.3%
  • In 2014, fur sales in the U.K. increased by 20%
  • From 2011 – 2013, global fur sales jumped by more than 50% – from $16 billion to $36 billion

According to the Fur Information Council of America (FICA), the largest U.S. fur association, the number of designers who use fur has dramatically increased, climbing from 42 in 1985 to approximately 500 today. FICA also asserts that 55% of the people who buy fur today are under 44, dispelling the myth that fur is primarily consumed by older people.

A 2015 article by the Guardian documented the rise of the fur industry.

A 2015 article published in the Guardian documented the rise of the fur industry.

“The fur industry’s statistics reflect what we’re seeing in the streets — that fur consumption is on the rise,” said Edita Birnkrant, Campaigns Director for Friends of Animals, an international animal advocacy group. “For the sake of the animals, we have to organize and take a more aggressive approach on their behalf.”

Friends of Animals holds in store protests and puts up anti-fur billboards.

Friends of Animals holds in store protests and puts up anti-fur billboards.

The increase in fur sales can be attributed to many variables, including high demand from China; the use of technology to make fur suitable for warm climates; the growing use of fur trim; the increased use of fur in men’s clothing; the growing practice of dying fur; and the consumption of fur among celebrities with a large social media following. According to Mark Oaten, CEO of the International Fur Federation, “…with this increase in demand, farmers are deciding to invest more in fur farms and increase production.”

Dying fur and the growing use of fur trim has led to an increase in fur sales and by extension in the number of fur farms.

Dying fur and the growing use of fur trim have led to an increase in fur sales and, by extension, the number of fur farms.

While the animal rights community appears to be losing the war against the fur trade (despite occasional victories), some activists have responded to the increased prevalence of fur by engaging in more provocative anti-fur tactics…..

Continued: http://theirturn.net/2016/07/05/fur-sales-rise/


10 thoughts on “Fur Sales On The Rise

  1. It is frustrating. The fact is that most people do not care that much. If people demand a product, someone else will be willing to make a profit supplying it. Sadly, human vanity and the love of luxury seem to be more important than animal suffering.

  2. I am not surprised. One glimpse of gossip columns that litter everything from tabloid newspapers to news websites like yahoo news can show you how depraved the masses and their idols have become. Trash like kim Kardashian and many others like her, with the IQ of a single cell organism, fill everything with their filth and excesses and yes they do wear fur. They don’t have lack the DNA and the mental capacity to feel compassion for any other living being.

  3. Why? I wouldn’t wear it if my life depended on it. Are people on the downhill slide, as I believe. If the knowledge of animals being skinned alive does not affect them, I don’t know what to say. Just wow. These people deserve whatever they get in response.

  4. I do wonder if this is a little (or a lot!) of wishful thinking and solidarity on their part. Trapping is bad enough, but fur farming is the worst – keeping these poor animals in squalor and expending the barest minimum on their care and upkeep, even when they are killed! If fur wearers do not have a conscience, the animal rights activists will have to be their conscience, by reminding them at every turn just what is involved in wearing a dead creature’s skin on their backs. It isn’t necessary for survival in today’s world, but a vile vanity. Ugh.

  5. All that wonderful “environmental education” of the last 50 years that was supposed to change the world and instill a sense of morality and decency in consumers has done an impressive job, hasn’t it? Whatever happened to the practice of splashing indelible ink on people wearing furs in public? It was a far more effective tactic than the subsequent limp-wristed efforts to peacefully convince those who shamelessly flout the products of animal abuse that what they are doing is morally base. Anyone in this day and age who wears fashion furs in public deserves anything (insults, ink, rocks, acid) that can be thrown at them.

  6. In the early 80s, when I first became a vegetarian and active in animal causes, I remember thinking — believing — that we’d soon see the elimination of (at least) the most frivolous, unjustifiable forms of animal exploitation, like fur. It’s still unfathomable and crushing to me that this many years later, here we are, with fur sales increasing.

    There was a piece I read a number of years ago about how in the 90s, the fur industry cleverly marketed the idea of fur to pop culture icons, hip hop artists, and prominent designers. It’s sad that the ignorance of certain opinion leaders did, indeed, help this rapacious and cruel industry thrive. Every time I see a celebrity wearing a Canada Goose coat with their self-proclaimed “humane” coyote fur trim, I’m disheartened (but not surprised by) the ignorance and/or hardness of heart of some humans.

  7. Or the stupidity; let’s face it. How many times must a message be given? But the coddling approach by is helping the animal abusers, not the animals – this is what I am so appalled at. It’s still all about people first; even for so-called animal welfare advocates.

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