Environment and health

The production of fur imposes significant adverse impacts on both the environment and human health. Far from being a natural resource, fur production is an intensely toxic and energy-consumptive process, with pelts being dipped in toxic chemical soups and animal waste runoff from fur factory farms polluting soil and waterways.

Just as animal agriculture, the keeping of thousands of animals on fur farms has a severe ecological footprint, as it requires land, water, feed, energy and other resources. Several European advertising standards committees have ruled that advertising fur as environmentally friendly is “false and misleading.”

Local pollution

The impact of intensive fur farms on rural areas leads to the degradation of land, rural life, property values and economic activities. Plus, farm waste runoff seeps into soil and waterways, causing severe damage to local ecosystems.

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Biodiversity loss

The injuring and killing of non-target animals by body-gripping traps pose a severe threat to endangered species. Also, escaped predatory animals from fur farms cause a decrease of local biodiversity.

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Toxics in fur

The hazardous toxics used in the process of conserving, bleaching and dying pelts, pose an overall threat to the health of consumers wearing the products and to workers in fur processing plants.

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Climate impact

Energy is consumed at every stage of fur production. Similar to other types of agriculture, fur factory farms emit large quantities of greenhouse gasses, while burning fossil fuels and other resources.

More facts

FACT SHEET The Environmental Impact of Fur

Natural mink fur and faux fur products, an environmental comparison (2013)
A study by independent research institute CE Delft, commissioned by Bont voor Dieren, GAIA and LAV.

Environmental Impact of Mink Farm Production (2011)
A study by independent research institute CE Delft, commissioned by Bont voor Dieren, GAIA and LAV.

Cruelty is Not Green
A report by The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals.

The impacts of the mink industry on freshwater lakes in Nova Scotia (2011)
A study by the David Suzuki Foundation.

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