A new animal welfare regime called WelFur, developed by the fur industry in 2009, is being rolled out. It will score mink farms on qualities such as health, behaviour, and housing.

The goal of this initiative is to certify each of Europe’s 4,000 mink and fox farms by 2020.

According to National Geographic’s Special Investigations Unit, which focuses on wildlife crime, animal welfare advocates, almost all of whom support a total ban on fur farming, are critical of the effort, which was deve...

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