INTRO

Le bien-être animal représente une priorité essentielle pour la FIF et l’ensemble des membres du secteur de la fourrure. Il existe une grande différence entre le bien-être des animaux et les droits des animaux. Le bien-être animal est l’idée que les animaux ne devraient subir aucune souffrance et que cette responsabilité se trouve entre les mains des êtres humains. Les droits des animaux font référence à l’idée que les animaux ont des droits qui ne dépendent pas du tout des êtres humains et que les êtres humains n’ont donc pas le droit d’utiliser des animaux pour se nourrir ou pour se vêtir.

Le secteur de la fourrure respecte le bien-être animal à la fois juridiquement lorsque cela est demandé par les autorités gouvernementales, et volontairement, allant souvent au-delà des minima exigés. Veuillez lire la suite concernant le bien-être animal et les droits des animaux.

Les groupes anti-fourrure ne veulent pas entendre ce message. De nombreuses campagnes anti fourrure et de nombreux activistes ne veulent pas uniquement améliorer le bien-être animal mais abolir tout simplement le marché de la fourrure sur des bases idéologiques. La plupart des mythes anti-fourrure qui circulent régulièrement peuvent facilement être mis à mal.

Les animaux des élevages à fourrure sont protégés contre la maladie et des conditions de vie inappropriées. Pensez-y. L’élevage de fourrure souhaite  améliorer la qualité des produits à vendre. Cela implique de prendre soin de leurs animaux afin de produire une fourrure de la meilleure qualité possible. Il existe de nombreuses réglementations et règlements gouvernant l’élevage et le piégeage dans le monde entier, et vous pouvez visiter la section concernant le bien-être sur notre site Web pour plus d’informations.

Transparence

Au cours des dernières années, le secteur est devenu de plus en plus transparent. De nombreux pays européens tels que le Danemark, appliquent une politique « d’élevage ouvert » invitant le public à visiter des élevages afin de vérifier par eux-mêmes les standards de bien-être en place. Ils font en général cela pour dissiper tout mythe environnant les soins que les animaux reçoivent, les conditions dans lesquelles ils sont élevés et la manière dont l’élevage est en général effectué. Rencontrez un éleveur dans la vidéo ci-dessous.

BIEN-ETRE ANIMAL ET DROITS DES ANIMAUX

These two things may sound similar, but there is a big difference between them. Animal welfare means animals are well cared for and have access to clean water, nutritious food, shelter and veterinary care, to name a few. Generally, animal welfare means the farmer, or animal owner, needs to ensure the animals they tend to are cared for responsibly and in accordance with the latest available scientific knowledge and best practices. Animal rights means that animals have rights, similar to the rights conferred upon people; it means animals are completely independent of us and people therefore do not have the right to use animals in any way.

This sounds very academic and complex, but in simplest terms it means that people cannot use animals for any reason – ever. Animal welfare largely acknowledges that animal use is acceptable as long as there is no avoidable suffering and every effort is made to keep the animals comfortable and healthy.

Animal rights groups frequently campaign to end the use of meat, leather, wool, dairy products, silk, medical animal research, guide dogs, horse racing and, in many instances, pets.

Most of us would agree that we have the right to make choices that affect our own lives. No one, for instance would dream of forcing someone who is vegan to eat meat. It is their choice and should be respected.

Many animal rights activists however, cannot bring themselves to respect the rights of others to make their own choices and sometimes demand that governments “ban” the production and trade of may animal products, including fur. You can read more about this in our Freedom of Choice (link to IFF page here) section.

LIBERTE DE CHOIX

La liberté de choix est une chose que le secteur de la fourrure respecte très fortement. La fourrure est un luxe, et en conséquence les entreprises travaillant dans ce domaine historique et de grande compétence dépendent du choix du public d’utiliser la fourrure et et de la porter. Nous accordons du poids aux libertés que nous partageons tous pour déterminer la manière dont nous vivons nos vies : les personnes que nous rencontrons, où nous allons et ce que nous portons. Chacun doit avoir la liberté de faire ses propres choix à ce niveau et nous rejetons fondamentalement les appels demandant à restreindre ou interdire les libertés de prise de décision de tous.

Lorsque des opposants à la fourrure parlent dans les médias et en ligne, ils demandent souvent une interdiction de la fourrure. Que cela concerne la vente, l’élevage ou le piégeage de populations abondantes, l’on ne peut lire un mot de ces opposants sans tomber sur une proposition de sanctionner juridiquement les activités ayant un lien avec la fourrure. Nous avons de nos jours une grande variété de choix dans certains domaines, tandis que d’autres choses sont beaucoup plus restreintes. Cette vue « tout ou rien » du monde, où quelqu’un demande immédiatement une interdiction lorsqu’il voit quelque chose qu’il n’aime pas, est immature, intolérante et, d’après nous, pas une chose que la société devrait accepter.

Environmental & Societal Sustainability

Something is Environmentally Sustainable when the demands placed on the environment can be met without reducing its capacity to allow all people to live well, now and in the future.

Fur farming is a modern and highly efficient process that has honed itself to be optimally sustainable using for example the waste products of other industries (e.g. eggs, cheese, fish and meat) to feed the animals that give us fur. On the other end of the production the waste products from fur including dung, animal fat etc. can be used in the manufacturing of biofuels, cement, pharmaceuticals and fertiliser making fur farming today a process that has minimal environmental impact.

Wild fur comes from carefully-managed and abundant wild furbearer populations throughout North America and Russia providing a surplus which can be harvested on an annual basis without negatively impacting the populations. Federal, State, Provincial and Territorial governments control this sustainable harvest, which is conducted by licensed trappers using regulated and certified traps during carefully regulated seasons.

When furs are preserved (known as Dressing & Dyeing), like any process using chemistry, it is highly regulated. Frequent government inspections make sure the output of the product and any emissions conform to the highest standards. The process requires salts (which are filtered out of emissions) to preserve and sawdust to clean the skins. After this, the sawdust can be reused to generate power for the mechanical processes like stretching. Fur dressers are highly skilled and are always looking to make their process more sustainable, including new efforts to certify their work with independent assessment organisations.

Societal Sustainability is harder to define. The fur industry employs approximately a million people around the world and with tens of billions of US Dollars annually of economic activity directly related to fur, the industry makes a huge contribution to tax revenues and to the incomes of rural communities. Fur businesses are most often family-owned as the skills are passed form one generation to the next. Fur also allows many indigenous communities to carry out their traditional way of life, (e.g. Inuit seal hunters) while providing for their families in some of the harshest climates on Earth.

Another aspect of this kind of sustainability is that societies make decisions about what kinds of activities/organisations are allowed and which are not based on many factors like relative cost to the society, public opinion, etc. The fur industry demonstrates well why it deserves “license to operate” however the opposition fur has faced in the past years is proof that there is still work to be done in this area particularly in public communication.

Further reviewing and improving welfare standards, making processes more efficient, producing better quality products and demonstrating Environmental and Societal Sustainability to consumers and to the public at large are key to securing the license to operate for the fur trade, well into the future.

Day in the Life of a Mink- Exposing animal rights myths

THIS day-in-the-life video shows how mink truly live – and it’s not how the animal rights brigade want you to believe.

Activists are quick to claim it is impossible for farmed fur animals to live a comfortable and healthy life.

But our round the clock video of a typical farmed mink nails the myth once and for all.

Farmers worldwide provide excellent nutrition and care for their animals.

Raised in pens, farmed mink are well cared for and have an opportunity to express natural behaviors.

In fact, the quality of their lifestyle is as good, if not better, than a lot of family pets.

In contrast with their wild cousins, farmed mink enjoy constant easy access to nutritious food and clean water. Animals are also well protected from predators and extreme weather. And have superb veterinary care.

Today, 50% of global fur production comes from Europe. A wide range of EU legislation applies to fur farming, including strict regulations on killing methods, trapping, international trade and animal welfare.

Mark Oaten, CEO of the International Fur Federation said: « There is a lot of misinformation about fur farming, so we wanted to show you what it’s really like. That’s why we placed a camera in a mink cage for 24 hours, so you can judge yourself what happens. The minks conditions are run by many rules and regulations. These are set up by scientists and vets.

« As you can see from the film, the mink have time to play and interact with each other. We believe that our farms operate to the highest standards. But take a look yourself. In many countries, we offer farm visits. »

By implementing WelFur, the most advanced animal welfare assessment programme, the European fur sector aims to create the highest standards in animal welfare and enhance the quality of the fur produced.

Fur farmers and fur sector workers dedicate their whole lives to caring for animals, they continually do research into welfare and are always trying to do things better.

Interested in visiting a fur farm?

To visit a fur farm, fill out the form and a representative from the IFF will contact you and refer you to the right place.

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