How Does YL Procure 'Mink' Oil?


I noticed some Young Living products contain mink oil, like the Animal Scents Ointment and Rose Ointment.  How does Young Living procure their mink oil?  

We don't raise and kill minks for their oil, it is just a by product of the
animal skin that we save for medicinal use by those that use them for
the sole purpose of mink fur products.The oil is removed from
pelts destined for the fur industry, the fat is rendered into mink oil.
If the fur trade ended, we wouldn't rescue this precious oil that would
otherwise be wasted. It is quickly grabbed up by the medical and
cosmetic industry for it's healing and protecting properties. 
Alternatives that Gary is researching would be macadamia nut and
buckthorne. Per Young Living themselves: Young Living® has a policy
against testing the efficacy or safety of its products on animals. Young
Living® are formulated to be safe for nearly all users; therefore, 
animal testing is neither required nor performed in our product
development process. Young Living Essential Oils
(YLEO) takes extraordinary pains to ensure that its products are of the
highest quality. Our main focus is to safeguard your health and
well-being. We use a large variety of laboratory
tests, clinical studies, scientific analysis, human volunteer testing, 
along with other practices to ensure the quality, safety, and
effectiveness of each of our products. Specific practices used to ensure
quality, purity, and efficacy include literature review, historical
use, and laboratory testing. Laboratory testing includes microbial, 
analytical chemistry, and physical testing (for identification and
purity). Young Living® does not currently test its
products on animals for efficacy or safety. Young Living®'s products
are formulated to be safe for almost all users; therefore, animal
testing is not required nor performed in our product development
process. As we do not require animal testing, we do not expect our
vendors to practice animal testing on their products or ingredients they
supply us with. We can appreciate your concerns
and have done additional research for you. The minks that we use as the
source for our mink oil are minks that are farm raised for their fur. 
Humane euthanasia techniques practiced on fur farms are those
recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association in the United
States and by the Guelph University Research Facility in Canada. The
only method of euthanasia for minks certified by FCUSA Animal Welfare
Committee is pure carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide bottled gas. The
animals are immediately rendered unconscious and die without stress or
pain. These are the same methods used by many local humane shelters. In
the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) includes
fur farming in annual agriculture production statistics and reports, as
do most state agriculture departments. In Canada, fur farming is
licensed and regulated by the provincial departments of agriculture.Mink
oil is made from the thick fatty layer minks have just under their
skins. This fat is removed from the pelt when the mink is skinned and is
then rendered into mink oil. Mink oil is a source of palmitoleic acid
which possesses physical properties similar to human sebum; therefore
mink oil is used in several medical and cosmetic products. If
you have additional questions or concerns, or if we can assist you in
any way, please feel free to contact us via telephone at 1-800-371-3515.