January, traditionally one of the three biggest months in fur retailing, turned out to be a disappointment for most American retailers, who attributed the poor showing almost entirely to the mild temperatures that prevailed throughout the month. But, while the January figures may adversely affect the results for some retailers whose fiscal year ends Jan. 31 or later, most of those who operate on a calendar-year basis are reporting 2005 was a winner. And January’s softness is not causing much moaning and groaning, considering that the inventory being carried over probably will be worth more than what the retailers paid for it.
In response to the critical threats that the private possession of exotic animals pose to animal welfare and public safety, API investigated private homes and federally-licensed roadside zoos and menageries that housed exotic animals across the United States. We have uncovered disturbing new evidence that demonstrates just how critical it is for lawmakers and communities to take up the issue of private exotic animal ownership. Learn more about this groundbreaking investigation.
WESH Orlando, NBC
CBS 2/KCAL Los Angeles
Virtually all levels of the fur trade around the world had cause for celebration in 2005, a year in which advancing skin levels produced a healthy income for most farmers and higher price tags were accepted by consumers. It was the second consecutive such year — a rarity in the past two decades — and augured well for the coming year. Retail sales, which faltered occasionally because of inconsistent weather conditions, nevertheless were on the positive side for most of the year, while the skin markets were stoked mainly by the still-growing appetites of China and Russia. Although furs were prominent in the fashion picture, December’s seasonably cold temperatures provided much of the impetus for a strong windup.
KGO San Francisco, ABC
Lincoln Journal Star
Scott Bauer - The Associated Press
Data collected from wild elephant herds may shed light on the evolution of human female sociality.