Friday 26 May 2017

Fur industry has potential to expand after Coveney's clever decision

Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

At a time of intense economic anxiety, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has made a sensible decision not to ban fur farming – after a comprehensive review of the trade.

There are only five fur farms in Ireland – all dealing in mink – but they are in parts of the country hardest hit by the recession: Donegal (which has two mink farms), Laois, Sligo and Kerry.

Anti-fur lobbyists wanted these closed down and put out of business, following the ban on fur farming in Britain and Northern Ireland in 2000 – although the British ban has cost the British taxpayer upward of €20m in compensation to the former employees in the industry and there are ongoing legal complications.

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