“The Finnish fur industry will be the first operator in EU to vaccinate animals against corona”, says FIFUR’s CEO Marja Tiura The Finnish Food Authority, under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, which supervises veterinary activities in Finland, has granted a conditional usage permit under the Medicines Act for a mink coronavirus vaccine developed in a joint project between FIFUR and a group of researchers at the University of Helsinki.
No coronavirus infections have been detected in Finnish fur animals and the situation on the farms is calm. The Finnish Fur Breeders' Association FIFUR and its member companies have been combating the spread of coronavirus to Finnish fur farms since the spring of 2020. Systematic preparedness and increased protection measures will continue on farms and in all activities in the fur branch. The good co-operation between Finland's fur industry and the authorities in the fight against coronavirus infections also continues.
Fox pelts certified in accordance with the European WelFur standard will be on offer for the first time during the international fur auction at Saga Furs in Helsinki, Finland, 19-20 December 2019. WelFur is the biggest and most comprehensive animal welfare programme ever to be implemented across an entire continent, which count 2,918 European mink and fox farms currently housing 35 million animals.
The European fur sector’s animal welfare programme WelFur has been endorsed by the European Commission as a Self-Regulation and Co-Regulation Initiative. It is the first animal welfare programme ever to be promoted in the Commission’s database of so-called ‘soft law’ initiatives. “The European Commission does not promote whitewashing, so it is a recognition of the fur industry working responsibly with animal welfare and society,” Mette Lykke Nielsen, CEO of Fur Europe says. Fur Europe is the Brussels-based umbrella organisation for the entire European fur sector.