Fur farming by numbers
Cruel and archaic -- or respectable farming practice? You decide. . .
6The approximate number of months farmed mink live for.
5The number of licenced mink farms currently operating in the Republic of Ireland (no licence is needed to farm other animals such as fox or rabbit for fur).
Fur farming has been outlawed in Northern Ireland.
350 Euro -- the annual fee for a fur farming licence in Ireland.
4The number of counties where fur farms are located -- Laois, Donegal, Kerry and Sligo.
129,845The number of mink pelts exported from Ireland in 2008 according to the Central Statistics Office.
90The number of fox pelts exported from Ireland in 2008 according to the Central Statistics Office.
2The number of ways in which mink or fox farmed for their fur are killed -- by carbon monoxide/dioxide gassing or electrocution.
30x40x90 Centimetres -- the standard size of a mink cage under Europe-wide regulations
1The number of times mink or fox reared for their fur usually leave their cage in their lifetime.
3.767Million euro -- the value of fur farming to the Irish economy in 2008 according to the Central Statistics Office.