Since launching Hygge & Fur, we have had several people ask us about the moral implications of wearing fur: is it ethical?
For our first blog post, we are going to outline three reasons why fur can be ethical, especially if it it is sourced from EU certified suppliers. All the fur sold by Hygge & Fur is purchased from Danish suppliers and it meets the EU regulations and standards.
We hope that this will help you to understand our views on fur and how trading of fur has developed into a ethical and highly regulated industry within the EU.
Image source: Kopenhagen Fur Association
1. The fur industry is more regulated than the leather industry.
It is most commonly thought that leather is a bi-product of meat manufacture, i.e. the skin of cows (or sheep, goats, pigs etc) would simply go to waste if it were not used and turned into leather. In reality, the leather is the single most profitable part of the body and leather is actually helping to sustain the meat industry - not the other way around.
Furthermore, the majority of leather in high street stores comes from India where farm regulations are loose and animals are often beaten and abused. It is also difficult for us as consumers to gain information on the origins of leather in the products that we purchase.
On the other hand, thanks to the severe scrutiny on fur farmers in recent decades, the fur industry is now intensely regulated. The Danish fur industry in particular demands for animal welfare and is heavily restricted under the Kopenhagen Fur association. This means that all fur products will originate from certified farmers who are carefully monitored to ensure animal welfare is maintained.
2. Fur farms are strictly monitored.
Fur farmers have to follow incredibly strict regulations on factors such as food, size of huts and most animals are even given toys to play with! If Danish farmers do not follow these regulations then they will be kicked out of the Kopenhagen Fur association and will be unable to sell their fur.
The regulations are not the only reason why farmers treat their animals well. If the animals are stressed, unhappy and not well fed, this will show on their fur. Therefore it is in the farmers interest to prioritise the animals well-being and thereby ensuring that the quality of fur is maintained.
Unfortunately these living conditions are not the same for battery chickens and other non free range animals that are farmed in other industries.
3. The fur industry is very green and has a long life-span.
It is falsely believed that the carcasses of animals from fur farms are discarded and left for waste. In reality, a high percentage of the carcasses are eaten (such a rabbits) and the rest are either used for animal consumption or processed in bio-plants for bio-fuels. Farmed mink in particular is high in proteins and oils and is therefore used in cosmetics, skin care, waterproofing leather, bio-fuels and organic fertilisers.
Therefore, fur is environmentally friendly as it durable, recyclable and biodegradable. To contrast, faux fur is made from non-renewable petroleum based products and is generally not biodegradable and contains polyester.
Fur products also have an average life-span of 30-40 years and can even then be remodelled or resold in second hand shops.
If you still have any concerns about our fur, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org