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US mink pelt prices skyrocket with demand in China

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A decade ago, fur rancher Bob Zimbal had about 34,000 mink at his three southeastern Wisconsin farms. He was in survival mode, struggling to compete with farmers producing cheaper pelts overseas. Then the recession hit and prices tumbled again.

But Zimbal came through the hard times and prospered. These days he's got 54,000 breeding females, 26 miles worth of cages and an on-site feed plant that towers over the snow-covered fields along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

His business is no longer about serving the rich and famous in Hollywood and New York. Now the main market is China, where demand for higher quality furs among the newly wealthy has helped push pelt prices to record levels and shielded U.S. farmers from the sluggish economy. Animal rights activists, who have worked to make fur unfashionable in the U.S., are turning their attention to Asia, but thus far, American fur farmers are reaping greater profits.....
 

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The antis have a snow balls chance on the sun if they think they can persuade the chinese not to wear fur.LOL
 

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Montana, I agree. Most societies (not ours)are less suseptible to scare tactics and BS mis information the humane society and tree huggers shovel out every day.

(For some reason, I'm struggling to spell now, more than ever)
 
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