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Fur Farming in Ireland Will Continue, Despite Recommendation for a Ban

Fur Farming in Ireland Will Continue, Despite Recommendation for a Ban

Despite a recommendation by the last government for a ban of fur farming, a review conducted by the Department of Agriculture has determined that the industry should be allowed to continue and potentially expand in the Republic of Ireland.

The ban was recommended on welfare grounds and should have gone into effect at the end of this month, effectively shutting down the five licensed mink farms in Ireland located in Donegal, Kerry, Laois and Sligo.

Unfortunately, the Fur Farming Review Group, which was established last year by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, made the opposite recommendation.

The group determined that not only should it not be banned, but it should be open to new entrants. Now it appears the decision is also being justified with further recommendations to improve welfare by doubling inspections and using”best practices” to kill mink in order to minimize suffering.

There are currently an estimated 225,000 mink living on these farms who are typically killed in batches by being gassed with either carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide.

Proponents of the fur industry are calling the move a sensible one, citing the state of the economy. However, putting the brakes on a ban will only save 62 jobs and bring in a few million in exports, which the review group called “modest” in national terms, while causing immeasurable suffering to the animals involved and adding to environmental pollution from the fur farms themselves and from the chemicals used to process pelts for nothing more than human vanity.

Animal advocacy groups and individuals are disappointed with the decision, while other groups, including Bird Watch Ireland are worried about the problems that ground nesting birds will face if mink escape or are set free, reports the BBC.

The CEO of the ISPCA Noel Griffin stated that the group remains completely opposed to fur farming and that animals should not be killed just for their fur or be kept in cages that restrict their natural behavior.

Fur farming has been banned in Northern Ireland, the UK, Scotland, Austria and Croatia, while other locations have bans or regulations on certain types of animals and traps.

 

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10:27PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Susan, I quite agree with you in your last comment.

I was not "having a go" at anyone, including Janet, and certainly not you, but on the other hand, pointing out (in my response TO Janet) that posting in all caps is considered rude and shouting on the internet, and most people won't waste time reading what is even said, not to mention that what Janet said came across, to me, as being very single-minded and judgmental, not bothering to differentiate between people who wear fake fur from the real thing. There is a difference and it's important to not group everyone into one "pot" and judge them all as being the same, which is what her post suggested. Did you bother to even read it? I understand Janet's "passion", but a single or a few words in CAPS for emphasis is very different than an entire paragraph and/or comment. You also seem to feel that I was more interested in addressing what she said than the topic. Not at all, however, I also will NOT be insulted or back down from being judged and especially when judged unfactually, and unfairly, which is what you are now doing. You are asking by the use of the word, "please" in a polite way, but you're also suggesting that I don't have the right to express my opinion if it is not exactly the same. I don't think you've even aware that I had agreed with the premise of the article in the first place.

6:39AM PDT on May 17, 2013

In a nutshell, what I am trying to say is that it is really frustrating and counter productive for people against animal cruelty to use their energy tactlessly having a go at each other instead of using it to campaign against animal cruelty. : (

6:34AM PDT on May 17, 2013

Diane L -The comment did not appear on the page when I submitted it first time, but then appeared with the other comment in between when I re-submitted it. Please do not waste any more time on arguing with/having a go at people who campaign against animal cruelty, and instead use that energy to actually campaign against animal cruelty. I am saddened that you used all that energy to even reply instead of just taking on board what was said. I cannot waste any more time on trying to get through to you when there is such terrible animal suffering going on every single second. That is what everybody's energy should be directed towards trying to stop, including mine, right now. PLEASE only use your energy for that from now on, not imagining people like Janet are shouting at YOU personally when she was simply expressing her horror at the cruelty by using caps, which is what many people use them for. I don't know why you made it about you and didn't concentrate on the terrible animal suffering. Please let us all concentrate on that from now on.

2:27AM PDT on May 16, 2013

Oh, and Susan, I will give you the benefit of a doubt as to your purpose/sincerity about not turning on others, but just curious as to why you posted the same, identical comment, directed AT me, 4 minutes apart, with a completely different one, in-between? That comes across as being not a mistake in "clicking" (due to latency) but a purposely made personal attack. What part about what I said as far as not going after someone with no knowledge of the source of what they are wearing did you not understand? Try to actually read what I said before attacking ME.

2:23AM PDT on May 16, 2013

Wow, Susan, take your insults and rants where they might be appropriate. I posted 5 months go and was responding to a negative comment made in ALL CAPS, which is considered screaming and yelling on the internet. I have every much a right to post my comment and voice my opinion as anyone else, and I don't do so by SCREAMING at them. I wasn't "turning on" Janet, so why did you "turn on" me, and after a 5 month period of time? I asked a logical question, but guess that went right over your head.

4:05AM PDT on May 15, 2013

I get so tired of people turning on each other when they should be turning against the horrific animal cruelty. Diane L I am talking about you. Janet's passionate comment was obviously not directed at you so why make it seem like it was? And by "any kind of fur" she most likely meant any kind of animal fur. Direct your energies towards fighting animal cruelty, not AT people who are fighting animal cruelty, because you are being extremely counter productive to the cause and doing animal abusers a favour by attacking people who are fighting against animal cruelty, when they have done nothing to you.

4:03AM PDT on May 15, 2013

And I agree with Janet, anyone who wears animal fur of any kind is absolutely sick and lacks any compassion or humanity

4:01AM PDT on May 15, 2013

I get so tired of people turning on each other when they should be turning against the horrific animal cruelty. Diane L I am talking about you. Janet's passionate comment was obviously not directed at you so why make it seem like it was? And by "any kind of fur" she most likely meant any kind of animal fur. Direct your energies towards fighting animal cruelty, not AT people who are fighting animal cruelty, because you are being extremely counter productive to the cause and doing animal abusers a favour by attacking people who are fighting against animal cruelty, when they have done nothing to you.

8:08AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:47AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Fur farming will slowly and surely be ban,in the near future.
Because the methods to used to kill these innocent animals are so inhumanely cruel and unthinkably horrible! These shouldn't be happening in advanced and civilized modern era!

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