Sustainable development envisions resource-use from today’s societies in a way that covers human needs without undermining the natural resources and ecosystems for future generations.
In this context, the existence of any species should not be endangered; a thing that could happen in two ways, either by excessively diminishing their number or with the continuous depletion of their ecosystem.
The Fur Industry is one of the most heavily regulated sectors in the World regarding sustainability. About 85% of the pelts produced worldwide come from farmed-raised animals in the best possible conditions for them where breeders make sure that nothing goes to waste. For example, organic fertilizers and bio-fuels are produced from the left overs of fur-farms. The rest of the pelts, come from natural habitats but always from populations that are abundant in number. Under the principle of carrying capacity, a region can sustain a certain number of humans, animals and crops without environmental degradation. If an animal population exceeds a given number in their environment, then, among other things, it could become subject to starvation whereas other species can suffer from its excessive population. Thus, certain wildlife populations must be culled and trapping has become necessary in order to maintain balance in an ecosystem. Trapping is both nationally and internationally regulated, to ensure among other things animal-welfare standards, it does not occur only for the fur trade but as part of the general ecosystem management, and no threatened species are captured or traded.