The fur sector links together trapping and wild species management, fur farming and animal feed manufacturing, auction houses, wholesalers, dressing and dyeing, designing and hand crafting, retailers and consumers. The fur trade has responsibilities to the animals, the people working for the trade, the environment and the consumer. We take these responsibilities seriously:
- The International Fur Trade Federation promotes and encourages high standards for animal welfare, for wild and farmed fur, based on scientific research.
- The fur trade does not trade in endangered species and supports the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES)
- The International Fur Trade Federation promotes and encourages high standards to minimise the fur sector’s environmental impac
- The International Fur Trade Federation promotes the conservation principle of sustainable use: “the use of wild living resources, if sustainable, is a useful tool for conservation because the social and economic benefits of such use provide incentives for people to conserve them” IUCN 2012
- The International Fur Trade Federation promotes sustainable economic growth by encouraging the creation of skilled and part time jobs through small and medium sized enterprises, and through free trade agreements.
- The fur trade does not employ children.
- The International Fur Trade Federation promotes transparency for consumers and the general public through labelling and clear, accurate information
- The International Fur Trade Federation believes in the consumer’s basic right to choose to buy fur