The American Fur Council (AFC) is the largest fur industry association representing fur retailers and manufacturers across the country who collectively account for over 80% of U.S. fur sales. It is the premiere North American organization for the fur and luxury outerwear industry. AFC’s 35-member board of directors includes the CEOs of the nation’s largest fur retailers, manufacturers, and auction houses, as well as wildlife management and agricultural experts. AFC provides the public with information on the fur industry, wildlife conservation and responsible animal care to which the fur industry is committed.
The fur industry is one of North America’s oldest and most historically significant industries, supporting thousands of jobs. Fur remains a sustainable, renewable, natural resource and a highly desirable fashion consumer product.
There are approximately 1100 retailers and 100 manufacturers in the U.S. Most (85%) are small, family-run businesses which have been passed from generation to generation. In the global fur market, the U.S. ranks among the top countries for retail fur sales. Other top countries include Italy, Russia and China.