Protesters call for a complete ban on fur farming
COMPASSION in World Farming has urged people not to buy fur for Christmas presents claiming fur farming is a cruel and inhumane practice.
The animal welfare group staged a protest in Dublin yesterday and handed in a petition signed by over 11,000 people to Agriculture Minister Mary Coughlan calling on Ireland to follow the example of Britain, Northern Ireland and Austria in banning fur farming.
Around 140,000 minks and 1,700 foxes are kept and killed in Ireland each year for their pelts, and are housed in small barren cages until death by gassing or electrocution, said CIWF Director Mary-Anne Bartlett.
"Fur farming is not of major value to the Irish economy, nor is it a significant source of employment. It is however one of the most serious animal welfare problems facing Ireland today," she said.
Children's TV presenter Molly Bhreathnach joined the campaign to have fur farming banned.
"Fur is a non-essential fashion product which no-one in Ireland needs. My message is don't wear fur and don't buy fur for Christmas presents," she said.
However Caroline Barnardo of Barnardo's furriers on Grafton Street said there had been no reduction in business in recent years.
Agriculture Minister Mary Coughlan told the Dail this week that she had no plans to ban fur farming in Ireland which was carried out in accordance with EU requirements.