Animal Welfare & Environmental Friendly
A high level of animal health and welfare is a prerequisite for the entire future of the fur industry. We have a responsibility to ensure the highest standards of care and prevent unnecessary suffering.
Modern trapping respects animals welfare and it is well regulated, sustainable and a progressive activity.
Trappers need to obtain license and attend trapper training courses. The courses cover best management practices, rules and regulations, trapper safety, animal welfare, and pelt / by- product preparations.
To ensure the hunting and trapping methods meet the highest welfare standards, the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS) was signed between the EU and Canada in 1997 and between the EU and Russia in 1998; a separate agreement was reached between the EU and United States due to US regulatory requirements. Both Agreements incorporate the same standards.Under the Agreement, traps used for the species listed are evaluated using the ISO testing standards and most subsequently be certified as meeting the AIHTS welfare requirements.
There are many national, provincial and territorial regulations, Codes of Practice and farm operation guidelines to protect animal welfare.
National government, fur breeders’ association and the International Fur Trade Federation (IFTF) are supporting scientific researches to improve animal welfare, disease prevention, nutrition and others.
The Finnish Fur Breeders’ Association (STKL) has established The Farm Certification project in 2005 which aims to provide quality assurance and environmental system that emphasises responsibility, traceability and transparency. Auction houses also encourage fur farms to commit to this certification program to ensure high quality fur pelts.
The program covers seven main areas of the fur farming process:
- Animal Health and Welfare – In certified farms, animal welfare is ensured through direct and pre- ventative measures. For example, all mink breeders must commit themselves to the Finnish Fur Breeders’ Association’s Aleutian disease programmer aimed at restoring healthy populations to all Finnish Mink farms.
- Conditions for Rearing Animals – it’s focusing on good housing for animals that provides stimuli and is appropriate for different stages of growt
- Feed Care – In each stage of production the animals are nourished with feed that meets their nutritional needs and is regularly analyzed. Domestic raw material is favored when sourcing feed and the entire feed chain is documented.
- Breeding- Fur animals are not sold or delivered from certified farms to countries which do not comply with the requirements of the Finnish Animal Welfare Act. Healthy, trusting animals lay the foundation for high quality animal breeding
- Environmental Management – The guidelines are detail included in the farm’s environmental permit and attention on proper treatment of manure, waste management and watering system for animals.
- Farm Hygiene – Clean farm is necessary in the program, which related to disease prevention and good working hygiene between animals and fur producers.
- Training and Preparing for Exceptional Situations – The professional of fur producer is required which they need knowledge and continuous development of skills to face with unusual circumstances caused by nature or humans. Less than 20% fur trade is wild fur and most wild fur in international trade come from Canada, Russia and USA.