WELFUR Program

In addition to national legislation, a wide range of EU legislation applies to fur farming, including strict regulations on killing methods, trapping, international trade and animal welfare. Alongside this, the European fur sector initiated WelFur an animal welfare assessment and certification programme. At present, 98 % of the mink produced in Ukraine WelFur Certified.

Based on the methodology of the European Commission’s Welfare Quality® project, WelFur was developed by independent scientists from seven European universities. The animal welfare assessments are based on animal indicators and carried out by the independent third-party assessment company Baltic Control. By providing an objective and reliable documentation of animal welfare, the dynamic programme serves as a tool for farmers to improve practices and farm management whilst also aiming to ensure transparency for customers. WelFur is part of the FURMARK program.