Skip to comments.Canada’s fur trade is booming again — thanks to demand from China’s new capitalists
Posted on 06/29/2013 6:00:22 PM PDT by Squawk 8888
I am happy, Eugen announces, in an Austrian accent betraying his Vancouver-by-way-of-Vienna roots. I have a plate of chops. Now, go ahead, ask me anything you want to know about the fur business.
What I want to know, what every fur buyer at Grannittis restaurant wants to know is: how much? How much will the top polar bear skin fetch at the following days wild fur auction at Fur Harvesters Auction house in North Bay, Ont., one of the few places, anywhere on the planet, where an interested party can shop for a Canadian polar bear pelt?
Eugen is a master taxidermist. He and Edith, his sweet-voiced, red rouge and lipstick-wearing wife of 54 years, own Capilano Furs & Taxidermy Studios in North Vancouver. They have been in business since 1956.
I have a Chinese client looking for two mounted bears, Eugen says. (Translation: He has a Chinese client looking for two polar bear skins to be stuffed, stitched back together and posed, presumably fiercely, on pedestals for display.)
I think we could see a skin sell for $12,000, maybe $14,000, but no more than that.
Bob Desbiens, a trapper and retired North Bay elementary school principal seated to Ediths left, offers his prediction: $20,000.
$20,000? Eugen scoffs. Thats crazy.
It is crazy. But China is crazy, crazy for Canadian polar bear furs the rarest gems in a booming international fur trade and crazier still for wild northern fur of every description: marten, mink, otter, lynx, silver fox, red fox, Arctic fox, beaver even the wily raccoon.
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I used to trap a lot of muskrats. Apparently muskrat is passed off as rabbit most of the time.
I wouldn’t mind a little Canadian beaver myself.
Great poster. Where can I see it big enough to read?
I am as much of a free market person as anyone. That being said, fur looks better on the creature God put it originally.
I'm inclined to agree.although I don't support efforts to outlaw the fur trade...or to boycott it...I'd never buy fur,regardless of how much I might be worth.I don't buy cigarettes either but I'd oppose them being outlawed and oppose the outrageous taxes currently being placed on them.
Because this thread would not be complete without it.
China is a fresh market of People that have not been wimpified by liberalism.
The Chinese also value the gallbladder of the black bear for some “ancient Chinese medication” or some such nonsense and in some places they've found dead black bears rotting away, fur and all, just missing their gallbladders. They don't care about anything accept what they want. (Obviously a generalization but let them exploit a resource and they will to the max.)
We used to get paid for trapping muskrats because they’re a nuisance along shorelines. The traps we used killed them humanely and quickly plus didn’t harm the hide. The fur trader we sold them to ate the meat and fed it to his dogs.
The problem with China’s market is, it is closed.
We are competing with an open system, against China’s which is closed.
China just passed America as the world’s biggest exporter.
China makes massive amounts of the things we buy in America, in our stores.
China is growing constantly.
While I understand supporting China on one hand, the fact is currently China is gaining on us. Quickly.
We need to push back.
We need balanced trade.
What we have now, is giving away the farm
Piss on the Chinese and piss on the Canadian fur traders. The poaching of polar bears can’t be far behind.
Step off Eh! There’s only aboot enough Canadian Beaver for Canadians, Eh!
You are twisted. Funny but twisted.
They’re the same way with precious hardwoods like ebony and rosewood. Rapacious and totally unconcerned with considerations like sustainability, and I say this as a fellow non tree hugger. They buy huge quantities, mainly for furniture, from unscrupulous suppliers in places like Madagascar who think nothing of clearcutting in order to make a buck. They know full well who they’re dealing with, but it’s like they don’t have a conscience.
And they use poor dogs and cats for fur and sell it in other countries as other types of fur. How many Americans don't realize they're wearing a coat with a dog fur lined hood? They'd freak if they knew that!
I think we should take up a collection to export ALL of the PETA people over to China to protest this. Wouldn't that be fun to watch?!!
They say they have the softest pelts.
“Surely, you can be serious?”
How 'bout groundhogs? You need groundhogs? We got plenty! Plenty prairie dog, too! Squirrel (sqwuddle in Russian) to go along with moose? Plenty squirrel! And chipmunk! Kids love stuffed chipmunk and little chipmunk fur coats for their dolls! You give me 15 minute, I get you dozen chipmunk. Only 500 dollah each! Pickup or delivery?
China is a fresh market of People that have not been wimpified by liberalism.
So to be “macho” we have to mindlessly slaughter wildlife like they do?
Theyre the same way with precious hardwoods like ebony and rosewood. Rapacious and totally unconcerned with considerations like sustainability, and I say this as a fellow non tree hugger. They buy huge quantities, mainly for furniture, from unscrupulous suppliers in places like Madagascar who think nothing of clearcutting in order to make a buck. They know full well who theyre dealing with, but its like they dont have a conscience.
Chinese capitalism is capitalism gone berserk.
And they use poor dogs and cats for fur and sell it in other countries as other types of fur.
And they don’t even bother to kill them first. They just rip the hides off them and let them die in excruciating pain and shock. The Chinese peoples reputation for cruelty to animals is legendary. And it’s the entire population. Think of a sick, disturbed kid in the U.S. that likes to torture animals and multiply that kid by a billion.
Time to get out the traps for some good old animal conservation.
That’s right, sportsman do more good for wildlife then any animal rights group. In fact, more than all of them put together.
Curiously enough, beaver is waterproof and the more beaver in the hat, the more expensive it is.
20 years ago, I paid a craftsman named George Davis to produce what he called a "300 beaver" cowboy hat for me. That would be something in excess of a 30X for you novices.
He started with a piece of felt about the size of a kitchen table, formed it, lined it, sized it, took the lining and band out of it, smashed it flat and started over on it 3 times.
I still have it, still wear it and it is still waterproof.
He had pictures of a lot of very famous people on the wall of his shop (which is very hard to find) getting the same treatment.
True, but if the animals are being culled legally or one gets killed for being aggressive, why waste the fur?
Apparently muskrat is passed off as rabbit most of the time.
Sportsmen do more good for the wildlife population then animal rights groups, this is true. Just take a look at upstate NY and we’d be over run with starving deer if hunting were outlawed.
But that’s not what we’re talking about with the Chinese. They’d kill every freaking Polar Bear for a coat if they could. That’s not good old American conservative conservation!
Definitely NOT funny.
Is this a euphamism for prostitution?
Nothing better than standing around and bs’ing with friends in a stove-warmed fur shed with a bunch of pelts hanging nearby to remind you of the hard work you just did and the rewards that follow.
I won’t buy fur. I won’t protest or boycott those establishments that sell it, either. The sales of fur are down for whatever reason. Maybe that is an indication people realized animals died to furnish that fashionable coat. Maybe it was a matter of frugality. Cold storage for furs is NOT cheap. Other coats made of newer materials are just as efficient at keeping one warm without the additional costs or ethical arguments.
I do not have an issue with the harvesting of materials from another industry, such as leather from the beef industry, since beef is an important food source. I have serious reservations about raising animals for just their fur. No different than the ethical arguments against killing elephants for their tusks or a rhinoceros for it’s horn.
I have in the past and to this day still wrestle with being a carnivore. Were meat, especially bacon, not so darned tasty, I would have been a vegetarian decades ago. As it is, I still eat meat. I am also mindful of the animals and from where the food comes.