We at Parajumpers strongly support social responsibility and sustainability in the apparel business. Our concern with regards to the ethics behind farm-bred fur has brought us to propose Finnraccoon for our women's styles and North American coyote for men.
Fur breeding regulations in the EU are the strictest in the world. The farm certification program provides added assurances since, in order to be awarded the certificate, a fur farm must exceed the current legal requirements. An important factor is the transparency of all operations. The Finnish Fur Breeders' Association and its stakeholders developed the certification criteria to cover the most important sectors of various farm operations. The certification criteria for a fur farm are: animal health and welfare, housing conditions, feeding, breeding, environmental protection and farm hygiene. The lives of animals bred on a certified farm and the fur production chain are documented and traceable.
Finland is one of the world's leading fur farming countries. Due to the cold climate, long-term research and the fur farmers' professional skill, furs produced in Finland are of excellent quality. Fur farming is part of Finnish agricultural production and helps the countryside remain viable. In Finland the industry provides employment for around 22,000 people. Breeding of fur animals in Finland is based on systematic and continuous training, researching animal behaviour and welfare, and also on environmental issues associated with fur farming. Scientific research ensures that the breeding methods used guarantee the best possible care of the animals, and that fur farming regulations and legislation are based on a solid foundation. The national legislation, together with the legal provisions of the Council of Europe, form the framework for fur farming in Finland. Detailed regulations covering e.g. animal housing and the care, handling and despatching methods of the animals guide the daily activities of fur farms. The Finnish authorities inspect fur farms regularly, paying attention to both animal welfare and the environmental protection measures taken by the farm.
The SAGA FURS® trademark, exclusively used by the Finnish Fur Sales auction house, includes pelt traceability up to the production farm. All SAGA FURS® range pelts also are part of the international Origin Assured programme (OA™).
More information on www.sagafurs.com.
North America is blessed with an abundance of natural resources including many species of wildlife. Over 65,000 people are involved in the Canadian fur trade, including some 60,000 Canadian First Nations and non-native trappers. These people and their families rely on animals for both food and income. Above all, they respect nature and want the animals to be there for their children, their grandchildren and for many more generations to come.
Trapping is highly regulated in North America to ensure long-term conservation of furbearer populations, and trappers also use methods that meet the highest animal welfare standards in the world. The Canadian Trap Certification Protocol uses parameters of trap efficiency, humaneness and safety to approve traps for use in Canadian trapping and furbearer management programs. Since the early 1900s, scientific research and government regulations have ensured that trapping (for fur, habitat protection or other purposes) is carefully controlled. Trappers take only part of the surplus that nature produces each year. Endangered species are never used. The fur trade is, in fact, an excellent example of the sustainable use of renewable resources, a principle promoted by conservation groups around the world. The continued abundance of North American furbearers shows the care and commitment of trappers, conservation groups and government wildlife agencies.
Our coyote furs are supplied by NAFA FURS™ and are Origin Assured (OA™).
More information on www.nafa.ca.
The rabbit fur we use is a by-product of the food industry. Our sheep fur products do not come from animals protected by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), but from farmed multiple-purpose sheep that are kept in herds. Furthermore, the skins have not been tanned with whale or other cetacean oils.