Animal well-being and health in fur farms

Well-being and health of fur animals

Saga Furs actively tries to contribute to the improvement of animal welfare. Saga Certification is the most important tool in the measurement of animal welfare. Also the WelFur assessment brings new tools for assess.

The international fashion industry is very interested in the conditions in which fur animals are bred. In order to support its partners, Saga Furs must have a means of guidance in the matter. However, within the value chain, animal welfare is ultimately the responsibility of the individual fur farm entrepreneurs who operate at the beginning of the value chain.

Animal well-being and health inspections have been made at fur farms since 2001. Since then, the Saga Certification by Finnish Standards has improved to be the most important management system connected to animal welfare in Finland. The certification system, launched in 2005, is a comprehensive quality system that places great emphasis on animal welfare and health. By gradually increasing the share of certified pelts in its offering, the company makes a commitment for ethical fur production.

To ensure animal well-being and safety, Saga Furs expects all fur farms to comply with the Council of Europe’s recommendation on fur farming or equivalent national or regional regulations or standards. Furthermore, the company reserves the right to abstain from selling or grading pelts that do not comply with current legislation or standards of fur farming or that come from areas that do not have such legislation or standards.

This also applies to situations in which a fur farm or its owners support fur farming in a country or region that does not have the above-mentioned standards. The company monitors that these conditions are met, and if it finds pelts in its own sales or grading selections that do not meet Saga Furs’ criteria, these pelts will be removed and either returned to the owner or destroyed at the pelt supplier’s expense.

Well-being and health is about quality

Animal health and welfare are an absolute prerequisite for high-quality animal breeding. On certified fur farms, animal welfare is promoted with immediate and preventive measures. These include that

  1. Spreading of infectious diseases is controlled
  2. The farm complies with the vaccination recommendations of FFBA
  3. The health of the animals is monitored daily (documentation)
  4. The fur animals are dispatchded at the home farm

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