The global fur market is booming. One fifth of global demand for mink is met by Denmark. The country is home to over 1,400 mink farms, where animals are reportedly kept under hellish conditions.
Canada's mounted police have long kept out the bitter cold with muskrat fur. Traditionalists treasure their hats as the heritage of a country that built its wealth on the fur trade. But is it time to go cruelty-free?
As some question the ethics of the fur trade, fur will be doubtless a staple in the current season, beginning with the Men's Fashion Week in London on January 6. Jan Tomes explores the practices and the issues at stake.
The Mandarin Oriental hotel in Munich wanted to make a style statement with a Christmas tree decorated with Fendi ornaments. But the idea backfired after animal lovers kicked up a storm on the internet.
The H5N8 virus currently has a "strong tendency to spread," agricultural experts have warned. The pathogen has been detected in 10 German states, as well as in Denmark and Switzerland.
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