OTTAWA, Oct. 1, 2014 /CNW/ - The Fur Institute of Canada (FIC) applauds
the recent announcement by the Government of Canada to overturn a
potential move by the RCMP to change its uniform policy related to the
use of the iconic Muskrat Fur Hat. The tens-of-thousands of Canadians
who rely on the fur trade appreciate the Government's continued strong
support for the principle of conservation through sustainable use.
Historically, the fur trade played a central role in the development of
Canada, and, like the RCMP, has a significant and iconic position in
Canadian heritage, culture and tradition. The FIC is pleased that the
Government's support for this heritage as well as the internationally
recognized principles of conservation will not be compromised by
radical animal rights activists whose efforts and campaigns of
misinformation only serve to hurt the livelihoods of Canadians in rural
and remote communities.
Canadian trappers not only contribute to the economy, they also play an
integral role in managing wildlife populations under the supervision of
the government for the benefit of all Canadians. They are hard-working,
dedicated conservationists who have a profound respect for animals and
a love for nature. Today's fur trade is highly regulated and utilizes
traps, including those for muskrat, that are in full compliance with
the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards.
Research has clearly shown that no other material matches the quality of
muskrat fur for warmth, water repellency, comfort and appearance.
The Fur Institute of Canada is the country's lead expert on humane trap research and furbearer
conservation and serves as the official trap-testing agency for the
Government of Canada and all provincial and territorial governments.
The mission of the Institute is to promote the wise and sustainable use
of Canada's fur resources. For more information, please visit www.fur.ca
SOURCE: Fur Institute of Canada
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