We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: fashion is cyclical. The rapid rise of fur prices in recent years was disheartening for us and our supporters. But the perfect storm of higher temperatures and lowering spending trends means one thing – fur is on the outs in China.
According to an article on the CBC website, retail sales of fur in Asia are down 30 per cent.
“In some cases, sales of certain colours of fox fur has been down as much as 70 per cent,” Merv Wiseman of the Newfoundland and Labrador Fur Breeders Association told the CBC. “When anything goes down 70 per cent, that's quite an impact."
Wiseman also stated that this trend likely means producers will not be “increasing inventory” – that is less animals will be born and raised in captivity, only be to be slaughtered for their fur.
As our educational initiatives continue and the world becomes aware of the plight faced by the millions of animals raised in cages and killed in Canada for their fur every year, we can expect those prices to continue to drop. And one day, there will be no more cages.