The European fur trade has proposed a new milestone. WelFur
certification of all European fur farms will start in 2017. As of
2020, Kopenhagen Fur will only sell mink skins and fox skins that
are WelFur certified.
According to the ambitious plan, all 4,000 European fur farms
must be certified by the end of 2020. Beginning December 2018,
customers will be able to buy WelFur certified mink and fox skins
at the auction houses. From 2020, they will only be able to
purchase WelFur certified mink and fox skins.
With this historical step, the European fur trade is addressing
demands from both the fashion industry and consumers - for
transparency and documentation regarding animal welfare in fur
Fur Europe is the trade organisation behind the programme. It is
the culmination of extensive and uncompromising work to make an
independent, research-based welfare certification.
WelFur is based on EU standards with scientifically
substantiated animal welfare indicators. Certification has been
underway since 2009, when Fur Europe began the process. Since then,
scientists from seven different European universities have
spearheaded the collection of all existing scientific knowledge
about what is important to mink welfare and wellbeing. Based on
this, they developed the protocols which constitute the measuring
The project's starting point is Europe. Therefore, in order for
a fur farm to be included, it must comply with the minimum
requirements in the European Council recommendation. If this is not
the case, as of 2020 a farm cannot be certified and will be
excluded from selling via the auction houses. Compliance with the
recommendation and proper farm management will be prerequisites for
gaining access to the most important fur trade platforms in the
The independent assessment and certification will be conducted
by Baltic Control. A company specializing in certification of
Facts about WelFur
- The fur trade took the initiative to implement scientific
expertise and develop measuring methods as a tool to document the
animal welfare of fur animals.
- WelFur gives a nuanced and accurate picture of animals' health
and welfare on the farm.
- Measurements and assessments will be made on points where any
possible improvements will benefit both mink and farmers.
- WelFur's measuring methods for mink have been developed by
seven universities in Europe.
- A good WelFur score gives a farmer a solid foundation to
document a high level of animal welfare on his farm