1,000 pounds of mink carcasses spill off boat in Oregon

Update: A local crab fisherman has been charged with illegally dumping the mink carcasses. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. While the fur industry feebly attempts to maintain a pretense of being “green,” claiming all of the animal is used by being spun off into various byproducts, an incident this week in Oregon shows otherwise. Over 1,000 pounds of skinned mink were found floating off the coast of Brookings, Oregon this week. The culprit was identified as a fisherman who was taking the carcasses out to sea to “dump” them, but the carcasses accidentally fell off the boat close to the shore. Sign up to receive three fur industry reports published by Coalition Against Fur...

Document sheds light on mink oil industry

Recently, the US fur industry suffered a major blow when SC Johnson pulled all Kiwi mink oil from the shelves of retailers, and announced they would no longer be selling mink oil. This news put a spotlight on this little-known revenue stream for fur farmers. We are posting a document below which sheds some light onto the role of mink oil in the US fur industry. It was published by two Utah State University faculty members, and is titled: “An Initial Analysis of the Mink Oil Market: Preliminary Report to Morgan County, Utah.” A few highlights: “Emulon Company, located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is possibly the nation’s largest processor of mink oil.” “According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture,’ most of the mink fat in that state is rendered and sold as a low grade oil used in livestock feed rations.” “Emulon indicated that the volume of their mink oil business has been reduced substantially in recent years as a result of the animal rights movement.Cosmetic companies are under pressure from animal welfare organizations to eliminate the use of animal products in cosmetic manufacture.” “Rosemary Collections, a company that manufactures and markets cosmetics, expressed a willingness to consider new vendors of refined mink oil.” “The Croda Company purchases highly refined mink oil and specializes in processing a triple refined mink oil product.” (The document was published in 1994, so some of the info may no longer be relevant.) Mink oil in the US fur industry – an analysis Sign up to receive three fur industry reports published by Coalition Against Fur...