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Russian Economy Slow; Affecting Trapping

Full Article At Daily Hampshire Gazette

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Most of the demand for furs sourced from places in the US (including Wyoming), is driven by demand in Russia and China. Now, a slowdown of this economies is affecting trapping in the US.

[mk_blockquote style=”quote-style” font_family=”none” text_size=”12″ align=”left”]Market slowdowns in big fur-buying countries like Russia, China and Korea are hurting prices, and recent warm winters haven’t helped, trappers and auctioneers.

“The fur industry has also experienced a slow but noticeable decline in acceptability in the U.S. in recent years. A 2014 Gallup poll found that 58 percent of respondents thought buying and wearing clothing made of fur was morally acceptable, a decline of 5 points from 10 years earlier.

Some delight at the industry’s decline. Mollie Matteson, senior scientist with the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity, said the reduction in trapping will mean less chance that imperiled, non-target species will be caught in traps.”

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