Why Nordic Furs sells real fur?
  • We offer a diverse product line including Faux and Real fur products to meet the needs of our customers.
  • Furs that come from this industry are abundant and there are no endangered animals used for these fur products.
  • Real fur is much more breathable than other materials, such as synthetic faux fur. It provides warmth that can’t be rivaled by other fibers – natural or synthetic. Natural fur looks exceptional; the sheen and texture cannot be duplicated, despite many efforts.
  • Real fur is also eco-friendly; it’s sustainable, renewable and biodegradable. It is much more efficient; it takes 3x as much energy to produce faux fur as it does real fur.
Research has shown that most people believe that the use of animals is morally acceptable if the following conditions are met:

1. The existence of the species should not be threatened.

2. No unnecessary pain or cruelty should be inflicted.

3. The killing should serve an important use.

4. The killing should involve a minimum of waste.

 

1. The existence of the species should not be threatened.

This is a “conservation” or “sustainable use” argument. Simply put, there is no future in using up resources we depend on for our survival.

About half the furs produced now come from farms, so no threat of extinction there. Furs taken from the wild, however, also come from abundant populations. Government-regulated trapping seasons ensure that we use only part of the surpluses produced each year in nature.

Thanks to excellent international regulations, furbearing species that were once depleted in many areas have been restored. Coyotes, foxes and raccoons are more abundant than they have ever been. This is a real environmental success story.

Bottom line, the modern, well-regulated fur trade satisfies our first ethical criterion: the furs used are abundant and the survival of wildlife species is not threatened.

 

2. No unnecessary pain or cruelty should be inflicted.

This is the “animal welfare” argument. Most of us agree that humans have a right to use animals for food and other purposes, but only if we cause them as little suffering as possible. The modern fur trade takes this responsibility very seriously.

This research provided the scientific protocols for ISO standards, Best Management Practices, and the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards. (See: “Neal Jotham – A Life Dedicated to Humane Trapping”) Based on this research, state and provincial wildlife authorities determine which traps may be used for each species.

Fur farms, mink and foxes are provided with excellent nutrition and care; this is the only way to produce the high quality fur required to compete in international markets.

 

3. If animals are killed, they should serve an important use.

Some claim that it is not ethical to kill animals for fur because “no one needs a fur coat today”. But is fur really a “frivolous luxury”? Humans need clothing to survive, and in many regions we need warm clothing.

Of course there are other materials to keep us warm, but the best of them (wool, down, leather) also come from animals. Meanwhile, most synthetic fibers (including fake or “faux” fur) are derived from petroleum, a non-renewable resource, the extraction and transformation of which entails serious environmental risks.

In many regions, wildlife populations must be culled annually to maintain healthy and stable populations, to preserve habitat, to protect endangered species (e.g., by culling predators that attack ground-nesting birds or sea turtle eggs), and to safe-guard human health, livestock and property. If furbearer populations must be culled, surely it is more ethical to use these animals than to discard them?

Not least important, fur apparel is remarkably long-lasting, can be worn “vintage” or taken apart and remodeled as styles change, and will eventually biodegrade – important environmental virtues.

 

4. If animals are killed, there should be a minimum of waste.

Most people eat meat, and therefore generally consider it ethical to use leather, a “by-product” that would otherwise be wasted. Fur, however, may seem more problematic if the rest of the animal is not used, as is often assumed.

In fact, many wild furbearers (beaver, muskrat and other species) also provide food for First Nations and other people. Furbearers not consumed by humans are returned to the bush where they are eaten by mice, birds and other animals. Nothing is wasted.

Farmed mink and foxes are fed left-overs from our own food supply – the parts of chickens, pigs, fish and other animals that we don’t eat and might otherwise go into landfills. In addition to fur, farmed mink provide oil for cosmetics and the preservation of leather. Their manure, soiled straw bedding and carcasses are composted to produce organic fertilizers, to enrich the soil and produce more food, completing the agricultural nutrient cycle. Biofuels made from mink remains now power buses in Aarhus, Denmark, the world’s largest producer of farmed mink.

In summary, Public opinion research has confirmed that “wearing fur should be a question of personal choice”.

 

The choice is yours!

 

Moreover, fur is a natural, renewable and sustainable resource that is more environmentally friendly than synthetic furs:

1. Fur is organic material that is biodegradable, unlike most synthetic furs that are made with petrochemicals. Therefore, fake furs, like other plastics and synthetics, don’t break down and will remain in land fills for centuries.

2. Real fur is naturally resilient and long lasting when cared for properly. When you care for your fur garments, they’ll provide many years of enjoyment and functionality. They can be passed down, reused and recycled before it biodegrades.

3. Fur is a renewable resource in the sense that the industry uses only part of what nature produces without depleting wildlife populations. Also, the goal is to not damage the natural habitat that supports the animals. At the same time, synthetic products are made from petroleum which is non-renewable and harms the environment.

4. This industry has committed to international agreements on humane trapping methods that protects animal welfare. These programs protect animal welfare in practical ways, when animals are taken for food as well as fur.

5. The agreement on International Humane trapping standards was agreed upon by European Countries. This agreement establishes the required standards for approval and certification of animal trapping. This treaty is a dynamic one in the sense that it provides for continued improvement of animal welfare as related to trapping.