Mink Pelts Produced in the U.S.
Clothing/Cosmetics and Animal Abuse Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM Jeremy Beckham
Facebook post, July 28, 2021

1.4 million mink were killed for their fur on U.S. farms in 2020, compared with 2.7 million in 2019 - a decline of 49%.

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Last week, the USDA released its annual report on the state of the mink industry. Pelt prices rose in 2020, as was expected. This is due to the tightening of global supply as a result of several European nations shutting down their mink farming industry. These European nations rightly recognized the ongoing public health threat posed by these farms as ongoing reservoirs of COVID-19 and potential sources of dangerous variants.

In the U.S., we are taking more of an "ignorance is bliss" approach, and not even requiring surveillance or vaccines on mink farms. Four mink farms in Utah are still under active quarantine orders, which means they have had positive COVID-19 cases among their mink identified continuously for several months now.

So the U.S. mink industry is trying to cash in as best it can since they have fewer competitors overseas. However, the rise in pelt price in 2020 was fairly modest - $33.70 in 2020 compared with $21.70 in 2019. And this is nowhere near their highs in the early 2010s, when prices approached $100/pelt.

But the real news is that pelt production dropped sharply. 1.4 million mink were killed for their fur on U.S. farms in 2020, compared with 2.7 million in 2019 - a decline of 49%. The fur industry is collapsing before our eyes. 


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