Background Information

The farming of furbearers began in Canada and Russia in the late 19th century, and by the early 20th century had become a serious business in the United States. Two other important producers in the history of fur farming, Scandinavia and Britain, did not see their industries take off until the 1930s.

Production focused heavily on fox until the 1940s, when fashion leaned toward slimmer styles that favored mink. Since that time, mink production has grown steadily while fox production has declined.

Mink production today is dominated by Scandinavian countries, with the United States, Russia, and China also making important contributions. Pelts sold worldwide in 2003 totaled over 34 million, of which some 35% came from Denmark, 13% from China, and 7 8% each from the Netherlands, Russia, and the United States.

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