East coast fur industry losing fight against international undertow

The fur industry isn’t disappearing, but many of the notorious fur farms that cage millions of fox and mink on Canada’s east coast sure are.

A downturn in demand for fur in two markets – Russia and China – along with the continued lack of interest from Canadians and Americans have left the once prosperous farmed fur industry straggling, despite tens of millions in government handouts.

The CBC reported that only four fur farms remain on Prince Edward Island, following a drastic drop in prices, from as high as $70 per pelt to less than $30 in only a few short years. The national news network also reported that Nova Scotia – the long-time capital of fur farming in Canada – is seeing businesses crash, with as many as 20 closing this year alone.

In addition to lowering prices due to international competition and greater awareness of the inherent inhumane nature of the fur industry, an industry spokesperson noted that many farmers were “unable” to meet new regulations that came into force this year.

The Nova Scotia Fur Industry Act was heavily criticized by most outside of the fur industry, as it had the barest of environmental requirements and virtually no impact on welfare of animals. That farmers were unable to meet these regulations is very telling of just how fragile an industry fur farming has become.

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