In addition to the fur and feathers, the furs of the fox and the fox pelts are used in various crafts, for example, in the decoration of clothing and as fur trimming tools.
In the early 1900s, fur was used to make the hides for the fur coats of animals such as the European and Asian black bears.
Today, the hides are used to manufacture coats for foxes, raccoons and foxes.
Fur coats can be used as a luxury item or a necessity, particularly in rural areas, where it is not possible to obtain other fur products.
In 2016, the Furs Fur Society of Australia (FFSA) released a report titled Furs and the Law which found that the use of fur as a means of transportation is a violation of the law.
The report was based on information provided to the FFASA by a number of organisations and individuals, including the FCA, the Australian Institute of Animal Welfare (AIAW), the Animal Welfare Alliance of Australia, the National Association of Furriers, the Animal Rescue Foundation, the Northern Territory Furs Association and the Tasmanian Furs Associations.
In a statement, the Association of Veterinary Surgeons (AVS) said that the law has been a major barrier to the adoption of fur by veterinarians, particularly by vets in remote areas where they have no access to veterinary care.
“The legislation is often inconsistent and confusing and often requires veterinarians to obtain veterinary approval to apply it.
Veterinary surgeons are also required to provide medical evidence of their vaccination history,” AVS said.”
Fur use as a transport or trade product can have serious consequences for veterinary patients, and it can also be a barrier to veterinary adoption, as it is often not available to the public.”
The AVS added that the practice of importing furs was also a barrier, particularly for the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups that were not able to legally obtain the fur they needed.
The AVs report recommended the FACT Act should be amended to include the prohibition on the importation of fur.
The FACT’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Director, Ben O’Brien, said he was happy with the report and hoped it would lead to the passage of the FATT legislation.
“As a member of the legal profession, I’m pleased that the report is a strong and well-founded call to repeal the FATS and to restore veterinary access to fur for those who cannot afford it,” he said.
The law was enacted in 2008, but the act has been challenged by a range of organisations, including veterinarians and animal welfare organisations.
It has been estimated that there are currently some 7.8 million Australian animals that have been bred for fur.