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History of the Fur Industry

 

            Over the years interests increased in the fur industry, and when the fur became more popular the pelts increased dramatically. This increased the hunting of wild fur-bearing animals. In some places the numbers were threatened by extinction.

 

            Russia, Canada, and U.S.A were the first three countries to start breeding animals for fur. T.D. Philips and W. Woodstock started one of the first mink farms in the 19th century they are considered the pioneers of the mink industry.

 

            Fur breeding spread to Europe in 1827, a company built a fox farm on the outskirts of Stockholm, the fox farm started by catching two cross foxes from the wild.

 

            The fur breeding began in the Scandinavian countries in 1914, when the first silver fox was imported from Canada, into Norway. In 1928 another 14 Silver Foxes were imported into Denmark. Mink followed not too long after for mink breeding. Around the 1950ís they spread over most of the northern hemisphere. From 1953 to 1980s the mink population had increased a tremerdously.      
 

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