Demand for fur products in China is growing, due to the rise in economic standards and online marketing by fur retailers. Traditionally, adults were the main consumers of fur products, but the market has more recently expanded into children’s fashions. ACTAsia’s consumer surveys show that most buyers are between the ages of 18 and 30 years old. Unlike in Western countries, dogs and cats are openly used as a source for fur products in China.
Our new report’s most important conclusions are that dog and cat fur is still entering the European market, despite the legal ban on import, and that the fur of companion animals is far from just a by-product of the meat industry.