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28 May 2000 Issue

Fur Facts
Source: Trapper & Predator Caller June-July 2000
Contributed by: veegman@erols.comFur Facts

The majority of furs taken from animals killed by trappers are used in the trim trade. Otter, muskrat, raccoon, lower-quality beaver skins, and many other furs are being used only in "secondary" markets. These markets include the manufacturers of fur-covered toys, hat linings, fly-tying and trim for parkas. Although it is not confirmed, it is suspected that the felt that tops pool tables is manufactured from ten to fifteen percent beaver fur.

Fur factory farming is declining in Russia. Only ten years ago, 200 factory farms were in operation. Today, the number hovers around thirty. Russian fur consumers are not looking for the high-quality mink that is typically used in the US. They are looking for fur that is of lower quality since it is being used mostly for trim. Many of the fur coats sold in Russia are manufactured in China. The ABLE International Company of Tianjin manufactures black dog fur overcoats and markets them in China and Russia. The coats are popular because they are inexpensive, durable, and not considered to be culturally offensive.

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