Fur production in the U.S. is plummeting, and that’s good news for animals. Every five years, as part of the U.S. Census, the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases data on mink farms in the country. The newly released numbers show that in 2017, 236 mink fur farms existed in the U.S. Five years later, only 110 mink fur farms remained. With the speed of this decline, we believe even more mink farms have closed in the last year. 

During that same time period, the number of mink killed for their fur in the U.S. has declined from 3.3 million to 1.3 million. Paired with the low prices mink fur farmers are receiving for those pelts, the value of the U.S. mink trade has dropped 68% from $123 million in 2017 to $39 million in 2022.