In the period from October 29 to November 1, 2018, representatives of the LVMH Group and Fendi visited Moscow. Visit was organized by the Russian Fur Union with the support of the International Fur Federation.
LVMH Group is the world's largest group of companies for the production of luxury goods, including fur products. Its annual turnover averages about 40 billion euros. It has a huge impact on the formation of modern fashion trends in the world.
During the visit, a meeting was organized at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation on the legislation of the Russian Federation on wild furs turnover, which was attended by deputy directors of the state policy department in the field of hunting Andrey Filatov and Aleksandr Fedotov, CEO of the auction company “Soyuzpushnina”Alexey Plekhanov, Director of the Control Information and Analytical Center for Game Animals and Their Habitats Nikolay Morgunov.
During the meeting, issues discussed legality and transparency of the sable harvesting, implementation of an agreement on international humane trapping standards for wild animals, an automatic monitoring system for skins at the Sojuzpushnina auction, an international certification project Furmark, the current number of sables in Russia and the importance of sable trapping for indigenous peoples of the north and hunters living in remote areas of Siberia and the Far East.
The delegation also visited the “Saltykovsky” sable farm, where they got acquainted with the conditions of keeping sables and inspected the animals, sheds, as well as collections of fur pelts. As part of the visit, a meeting was held on the animal welfare at Russian fur farms and certification of Russian fur farms in accordance with the principles of the Furmark project. All participants received a list of regulatory documents for fur farming and wild fur trapping in Russia.
At the end of the meeting, representatives of the delegation noted the high level of conditions for keeping animals, ensuring control and transparency at all stages of the production chain. All participants appreciated the positive results of the meetings and noted the importance of such a visit to preserve the traditional activity of hunters and trappers in Russia, as well as the future supply of sable skins for export and making a positive decision on the further use of this type of fur in their collections.