Fact sheet

FUR FARMING IN EUROPE

Fur farming in Europe is a key industry with a wide geographical impact

  • Fur-farming is an agricultural activity taking place all over Europe, especially in Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands.
  • Denmark is the largest producer of mink pelts in Europe and fur is the third largest agricultural export from Denmark.
  • Finland is the largest producer of fox pelts in Europe.
  • Fur is a key industry for new Member States such as Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
  • Fur farming contributes significantly to rural development in certain European regions – such as Kastoria in Greece.
  • Fur-farmed species cover minks (mustelidae family), fitches (mustela puterious family), foxes (vulpes and alopex families), finn raccoons (nyctereutes procyonoides family) and chinchillas (chinchilla laniger family).

SOME KEY FIGURES 2010

  • 7,200 fur farmers in the EU Member States.
  • 64% (30 million pelts) of worldwide mink-fur production and 56% (2.1 million pelts) of worldwide fox-fur production come from European farms.
  • China is the second largest worldwide producer of fur pelts and the biggest competitor to European fur farmers.
  • It provides an efficient use of more than 1 million tones of animal by-products each year from the fishing and meat industries.
  • The fur sector creates up to 60,000 full-time jobs in Europe.
  • The value of EU farmed fur amounts to €1.5 billion.