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Seal Fur Quality Assurance

From the sealers harvesting on the ocean to the dressers and dyers, buyers, wholesalers, auction houses, importers and exporters, every single step of the trade is strictly controlled.

  • Incredibly warm
  • Extremely durable
  • Exceptionally versatile
  • Wind & water resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Biodegradable
Seal Fur Quality Assurance 3
  • Incredibly warm
  • Extremely durable
  • Exceptionally versatile
  • Wind & water resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Biodegradable

Seal Fur Regulations

Seal Fur in Canada is subject to a wide-ranging system of laws, regulations, checks, and controls that prioritize the sustainability and welfare of different seal species. From the sealers harvesting on the ocean, to dressers and dyers, buyers, wholesalers, auction houses, importers and exporters, every single step of the trade is strictly controlled.

 

Ensuring population and environmental sustainability is focal to how seal fur is harvested.

 

Canada’s world-leading animal welfare standards, codes of practice, training and licensing programs ensure humane and professional harvesting and the highest quality products.

 

Many national and international conservation organizations have expressed their support of seal fur harvesting in Canada.

Traceability Supply Chain

Traceability refers to the ability to track and document the movement of an item through stages of a supply chain, including the ability to verify the origin, history, manufacturing process and final application of that item.

 

Seal fur trade is subject to thorough licensing, permitting and regulation by provincial, territorial and federal wildlife management agencies and border trade control authorities. From the sealers harvesting on the ocean to the dressers and dyers, buyers, wholesalers, auction houses, importers and exporters, every single step of the trade is strictly controlled.

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Source: Figureo f Traceability Supply Chain available on P. 21-22 of "Fur Council of Canada - Canadian Fur Atelier Competition 2020" Presentation. Visit: https://www.furcouncil.com/fur-design-competition-2021/

Dressers and Dyers Footprint

Dressing refers to the preservation of fur from its unprocessed state and dyeing refers to changing the color of the hairs of the fur. Both of these require physical and chemical processes and the fur sector has spent a great deal of time and effort working with these skilled professionals to find the best solutions for the customer, the product and the environment.

 

To be “Canadian Seal Products certified”, dressers and dyers must meet the following conditions:

Chemicals

Declarations from the companies themselves that they are using chemicals from the agreed fur chemical list.

Government oversight

Onsite monitoring and government inspection of facilities to ensure minimal emissions.

Lab tests of end product

Lab test measuring the chemicals present in end product Canadian Seal Fur Products must satisfy the conditions of lab verification of product safety to the highest standards.

During or at the end of the sealing season, seal pelts processors have a multitude of options by which to sell their pelts. Some of these options include Auction Houses.

FURMARK Certification

This Certification is an industry wide initiative, infiltrating each stage of production from farm to retail. In 2018, the International Fur Federation (IFF) launched FURMARK – an international “mark” that will allow consumers to identify responsible and sustainable fur.

 

This Ethical Sourcing program was developed to give our customers the confidence that FURMARK furs are
sourced from responsibly managed and sustainable populations of ranched and wild fur.

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Furmark program

Biodegradable

PETA argues that seal fur is unnecessary, as there are “FAUX FUR” synthetic replacements which are often derived from a non-renewable resources (plastic). Recent studies have shown micro plastics in the oceans, in the food system and now ingested by humans- results from synthetic fabrics & furs.

 

Seal Fur is a natural, organic material, and like all such materials will quickly disintegrate and biodegrade unless preventive measures are taken. To prolong the life of fur garments, seal pelts first undergo a special tanning process known as “dressing”. This process protects the hair follicles and the fur, while preserving the skin, making it less likely to disintegrate and therefore more durable.

 

However, even this tanning process cannot prevent deterioration entirely, and the fur pelts will, in time, dry out and become brittle. But when the garment is properly cared for, this could take several decades.

 

Eventually, however, fur pelts will biodegrade just like any other organic material, and can even be turned into compost for your garden. For example, current scientific research has shown that a 4”x4” square of mink will decompose at the same rate as an oak leaf.  To demonstrate this, and also to compare the rate of degradation with that of fake fur made from petroleum, Truth About Fur conducted the Great Fur Burial experiment. The results were clear. After one year, the real fur had almost entirely biodegraded, while the fake fur remained intact.

Oil

Huile d'oméga-3 pure

L'huile de phoque est une source complète d'oméga-3 (DPA + DHA + EPA) avec une absorption optimisée grâce à sa structure moléculaire provenant d'un mammifère.

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Huile de phoque

Textile

Fourrure unique & naturelle

La fourrure de loup-marin est un matériel très polyvalent utilisé dans de multiples applications telles que les accessoires, les chaussures, les vêtements et la décoration.

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Fourrure

Meat

Viande sauvage canadienne

La viande de phoque constitue une excellente source de protéines. Elle est riche en fer, en zinc, en magnésium et en vitamine B12. Cette viande sauvage issue de la chasse ne contient ni antibiotiques ni hormones ajoutées.

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Viande de phoque

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