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

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.

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.

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.

  • LUKE - Natural Resources Institute, Finland

    “The carbon footprint of a mink skin is almost equal to the daily footprint of an average Finnish consumer, and the footprint of a fox skin is approximately three days’ worth. The footprints of fur alternatives are much smaller.”

  • Joh Vindig, Chairman Fur Free Alliance

    "It is frightening that clothing made for children may contain as many toxic chemicals - I do not think there are many parents who are aware of this. The best thing anyone can do to protect themselves is obviously to avoid fur."

  • Marco Gobetti, CEO Burberry

    "I don’t think it is compatible with modern luxury and with the environment in which we live."

  • Jerry Byrne, chair of the Trinity Bay South Environmental Committee, Canada (2017)

    "It's been a real problem in the area. Not just for the businesses in the area, but the flies and the smells have really been egregious at times."

  • Rufin Bostyn (67), resident of Flanders, Belgium (2013)

    "I might not have protested a small mink farm, but this mammut will make the area unliveable. We can not tolerate it."

  • Joshua Katcher, Prof. at Parsons School of Fashion, NY

    “Fur is simply bad design. It’s stuck in the past, it needs to be slowly grown from the body of an animal, preserved in toxic chemicals and kept cool in the heat so it doesn’t decompose or get devoured by insects, as nature intended it to.”

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