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Fur Institute of Canada welcomes support for sustainable use of wildlife in the Agreement on the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework

10 January 2023
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Ottawa, ON – The Fur Institute of Canada commends the efforts of Parties, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, and the broader biodiversity community on the conclusion of the agreement on the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. The explicit inclusion of sustainable use of wildlife in Targets 5 and 9 means that supporting biodiversity-friendly use of wildlife by Canada’s trappers and sealers is an essential part of moving toward the 2050 Global Goals.



Canada’s trappers, sealers, and furriers will also play an essential role in helping to achieve Target 16, helping Canadians make sustainable consumption choices. As a natural, sustainable material that can last for decades, fur allows consumers to combat the environmental devastation created by fast fashion.



“Canadian and international customers can be confident that by purchasing and wearing Canadian fur products, they are contributing to essential wildlife management and supporting biodiversity conservation,” said Doug Chiasson, Executive Director of the Fur Institute of Canada. “The conservation ethic of Canada’s fur harvesters can and does serve as an excellent international model for sustainable use of wildlife, in line with Targets 5 and 9”



Fur is an essential part of the economic, social, and cultural fabric of Indigenous and non-Indigenous rural and remote local communities across Canada. The Fur Institute of Canada participated in COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal as a registered Non-Governmental Organization Observer.

For more information, please contact:

Doug Chiasson, Executive Director:


Fur Institute of Canada

The Fur Institute of Canada (FIC) is the national voice and lead authority for the Canadian fur industry. It is also Canada’s subject matter expert on humane trap research and furbearer conservation and is the official trap-testing agency for the Government of Canada, as well as all provincial/territorial governments. The FIC is mandated to provide accurate and credible information relating to the economic, social, cultural and environmental issues surrounding the harvesting and farming of fur in Canada.

Seals and Sealing Network:

The Seals and Sealing Network, a program of the Fur Institute of Canada, brings together Canada’s sealing industry harvesters, processors, manufacturers, retailers, and Indigenous peoples of Canada to promote and market high-quality and sustainable Canadian Seal Products (seal oil, seal meat, seal fur) through our Canadian Seal Products and Proudly Indigenous Crafts & Designs brands.