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The Failing Industry of Fur

Bronagh Loughlin shares news of the decline in the global fur industry, hastened by the pandemic.

Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann

As luxury brands and retailers decide to ban fur from their fashion lines and stores, vegan alternatives have soared in popularity. According to Vogue, in 2019, vegan products increased by approximately 258% in both the US and the UK.

One of the most notable places to ban the sale of the cruelly derived material is Los Angeles, known for its luxurious shopping district Beverly Hills. Other American cities have decided to ditch the material, as well as other countries across the globe such as Finland.

This boycott has become a widespread movement, as consumers, nations and businesses partner up, recognising that faux fur options are better for the environment and have the additional benefit of preserving animals’ lives. 2020 saw an almost 50% decline in the value of fur apparel imported into the United States compared to the previous year.

Global fur auctions which still take place virtually in countries such as Finland and Denmark are selling a very small percentage of the pelts, according to data from the United Nations International Trade Statistics Database. The