Mink Fur is known for having many qualities. In addition to being a beautiful product, Mink Fur is also a product that is part of an ecological cycle, where the negative impact on nature is absolutely minimal, even when compared to almost all other clothing in the fashion industry. The craft of making fur jackets, is an ancient tradition that to this day is performed by hand and only by the most skilled furriers. Therefore, the conditions for furriers are among the best and also among the highest paid in production in the fashion industry.
SUSTAINABLE STRENGTHS OF Mink
Mink breeding and other fur production is sustainable in nature, because fur is a natural material that is renewable and which, when disposed of, is part of nature's cycle.
- Feed for the animals is produced i.a. of residues from human food production from fish factories and slaughterhouses that would otherwise have to be destroyed.
- The whole animal is used: the body for meat, fertilizer and as materials in the construction industry, the fat is used for biodiesel, and the skin is used for fur.
- Fur has a long life. It provides less resource consumption compared to other types of clothing.
- Fur can be recycled and re-sewn, and it increases the life of the fur.
- Fur is biodegradable, so when the fur is worn out, it is part of the ecological cycle.
WelFur and other facts
Does all mink have access to a nest box? Do they get the right amount of feed? and do they have shelters and shadows in their housing?
These are just some questions that the danish mink breeders should be able to nake again when they receive a way from welfur consultants.
WelFur is a system and international animal welfare certification for measuring and documenting animal welfare, and it is based on more than 30 years of research. In 2017, animal welfare certification began for all farms, and from 2020, the Danish mink breeders' auction house, Kopenhagen Fur, will only receive skins from certified mink farms in Denmark and Europe.
The project is basically European, and therefore it has been decided that a fur farm must live up to the minimum requirements of the Council of Europe recommendation in order to be covered. If this is not the case, a farm cannot be certified, and thus from 2020 you will be excluded from sales through the auction houses. Compliance with the recommendation and good farm management will be conditions for accessing the most important trading platforms for fur in the world, including Kopenhagen Fur, which is the world's largest fur auction house.
FurEurope has entered into an agreement with the international inspection and certification company Baltic Control, to carry out auditing and certification on mink farms throughout Europe. The company is headquartered in Aarhus and has offices in 42 countries. Baltic Control certifies a number of other agricultural products such as Dansk Kalv, Antonius-pig and Coop's new animal welfare label.
MEASURING SYSTEM FOR ANIMAL WELFARE
Since 2009, researchers from seven European universities have researched and gathered knowledge about what is important for the mink's welfare and well-being in connection with the WelFur project. On this basis, a so-called measurement system with four parameters has been developed:
- Good feeding
- Good housing
- Animal health
- Appropriate behavior
The four parameters in WelFur have been used since 2017 by the independent certification company Baltic Control to certify the 3,500 European fur farms, and from 2020 Copenhagen Fur will only receive mink and fox skins that are WelFur certified. Each farm receives three visits, which are at three different times of the year to measure the different periods in the mink's life cycle. Thereafter, the farms must have one visit per year to maintain the certification.