Canadian fur farm industry doubles in 5 years

PETA supporters—whose nude bodies will be painted to resemble tigers, leopards, and cows—will hold...

PETA supporters—whose nude bodies will be painted to resemble tigers, leopards, and cows—will hold signs reading, "Animal Prints, Not Animal Skins" in front of Direct Energy Centre on Tuesday October 18, 2010. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

John Miner, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:08 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. - It’s a trend that would put a chill through any nearly naked PETA protester. Statistics Canada reported Wednesday that the country’s fur farm industry, concentrated in Nova Scotia and Ontario, is surging with the value of mink pelt sales in 2012 reaching $245 million, more than double just five years earlier.

“The market is very strong ... It is good news for the people on the land in Canada,” said Alan Herscovici, executive vice-president of the Montreal-based Fur Council of Canada.

The substantial growth comes despite persistent attacks on the industry by animal rights groups such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals who have attracted attention to their cause with scantily dressed protesters.


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