The fur industry is "booming," reports Women's Wear Daily. The industry says sales rose by 70% during the decade 2000-2010, and raked in $15-16 billion in the winter of 2010-11 (the most recent season for which figures were available). Fur trade association spokesperson Mark Oaten says it's 'cause the youngs don't give a shit about animal welfare anymore:
"I think design has led the consumer attitude change," Oaten said. "And also a younger generation whose passion is not animal rights.
They're very motivated on environmental issues, more than on animal rights issues, and that for us represents a new industry demand, because we have gone a long way to ensure welfare is of the highest standard.
"There is less focus on welfare. Maybe it's because we've got our act together, maybe it's because attitudes have changed, maybe it's because they're seeing fur more on the catwalk, in magazines and in products that they like," he explained. "The younger generation loves fur trim, and they are buying it."
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