We’re never happy to hear that people are hitting upon hard times or losing work. But when it’s the fur industry in Nova Scotia, we can’t help but show a little mirth.
According to an article in the Chronicle-Herald, the number of fox farms in the Bluenose province is dropping rapidly – down to seven, from a high of over 100 in the 1980s. Of course, farmers say it has nothing to do with lowering prices or a lack of interest in the product domestically. It must be, they say, the government’s fault.
“If I were going to start a fox farm today I’d go to another province to do it, because they accommodate them more so than Nova Scotia. In New Brunswick the fur industry is expanding all the time,” farmer Lloyd MacInnis told the Chronicle-Herald.
It’s a little amusing that MacInnis pointed to the difficult regulations of Nova Scotia – since they are the only province to have any regulations at all – and those are regularly frowned upon by expert scientists.
In fact, a provincial representative noted that the fox fur industry brought in only $133,000 in exports last year. While the mink industry in Nova Scotia is worth an estimated $122,000,000 per year (in exports, not in taxes or jobs), the fox fur industry is a dying breed. And we expect, with your help, the mink fur industry will be, too.