During last fifteen years three out of four Norwegian fur farms have closed down. In 2014 only 262 fur farms were left in Norway compared to 1277 farms in 1996.
The numbers, that are published by Norwegian Fur Free Alliance member organization Dyrevernalliansen, show that the fur industry is highly sensitive to conjuncture and does not provide a stable source of employment in rural areas. Furthermore, no positive synergy effects can be seen on tourism, technology development nor on the landscape. The analysis shows that even though the number of fur farms is going down, the existing fur farms are becoming bigger. In 2014 the biggest fur farms kept 30 000-40 000 animals for fur production purposes. The fur farms have more than five times as many breeding animals as in 1996.
According to a recent opinion poll by Dyrevernalliansen 68 % of Norwegians are of the opinion that it is wrong to farm animals for their fur (Infact/Dyrevernalliansen 2014).
Source and further reading: www.dyrevern.no/pels/pelsdyroppdrett/tre-av-fire-pelsfarmer-er-nedlagt