The U.S. and Canada are the 5th and 6th largest mink farming countries, behind Denmark, China, Netherlands and Poland.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (National Agricultural Statistics Service), there were 268 mink farms in operation in the U.S. in 2011. Leading states were Wisconsin, Utah and Idaho. Although the number of fur farms has decreased (there were 329 mink farms in the U.S. in 2001, and 683 in 1991), the total number of mink pelts “produced” has not decreased significantly. Over 3 million mink were killed on U.S. farms in 2011.
According to Statistics Canada (Canada's national statistical agency), there were 252 mink farms and 57 fox farms in operation in Canada in 2011 (farms raising both mink and fox were counted twice). Nova Scotia is Canada's leading mink farming province (over half of all mink killed in Canada were from Nova Scotia fur farms), followed by Ontario. Over 2.5 million mink and 9,000 foxes were killed on fur farms in Canada in 2011.
This directory includes farms that may have closed. This directory does not include chinchilla fur farms.
Although the majority (85%) of animals killed for their fur are kept captive in fur farms, each year trappers kill hundreds of thousands of muskrats, beavers, raccoons, coyotes, squirrels, marten and other animals. The United States and Canada are the world's leading suppliers of fur from trapped animals (“wild fur”).
70,000 seals were killed during Canada's 2012 commercial seal hunt.
U.S. listings are in zip code order. Canada's farms and related businesses are listed east to west, and north to south, across each province/territory.