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Urge Fianna Fail and Fine Gael to back a ban on fur farming
29 August 2018

Please join us in urging Micheal Martin and Fianna Fail to follow the Green Party, Sinn Fein, Labour Party, Independents 4 Change and the Social Democrats in pledging support for Solidarity's upcoming Prohibition of Fur Farming 2018 bill.

Fianna Fail has in the past backed a fur farm ban. In coalition with the Green Party, it agreed in 2009 to a 3-year phase-out; however, due to the collapse of that government, this ban unfortunately never materialised.

Earlier this month, Willie O'Dea TD (Fianna Fail, Limerick City), said the party will review Solidarity's bill when it is published, stating "I understand your concerns regarding the practices of fur farming." Seán Haughey TD (Fianna Fail, Dublin Bay North) has previously asked the Minister for Agriculture "if he will consider revoking licences" for fur farming. In 2013, Stephen Donnelly TD (former Social Democrats TD and now Fianna Fail) supported an amendment to the Animal Health and Welfare Bill which sought to outlaw fur farming. In 2011, Fianna Fail TD Robert Troy (Longford Westmeath) asked the Minister for Agriculture "his plans to include a ban on fur farming [in animal welfare legislation]".

Please also contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael to urge them to ban fur farming.

Fine Gael has also in the past supported a ban on fur farming. In 2005, when in opposition, the party voted in favour of the Green Party's Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill which attempted to bring the cruel practice to an end. Fine Gael TDs - including the now Tanaiste Simon Coveney and sitting TDs Richard Bruton, Bernard Durkan, Damien English, Paul Kehoe, Enda Kenny and David Stanton - all voted in favour of the proposed legislation. Sadly, the bill was defeated by 67 votes to 50, with 62 Fianna Fail TDs voting against it.

On Ireland's three remaining fur farms, tens of thousands of mink are permanently caged and at six months of age, they are pulled from the cages and poisoned to death with Carbon Monoxide before the fur is pulled from their bones. It is time for Ireland to join the growing list of countries in the EU and around the world which have already banned fur farming.


Sign and share our petition - Ban fur farming in Ireland

Please make contact with your TDs to urge them to support the Solidarity bill. Contact details for TDs can be found at

Urge Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin, to pledge support for a long overdue ban on fur farming.

Tel: 021-432 0088 (Constituency Office) OR 01–618 3000 (Leinster House)
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Urge Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader, Leo Varadkar, to put in place a long overdue ban on fur farming.

Leo Varadkar TD
Department of the Taoiseach
Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Phone: +353 (0)1-6194000 OR +353 (0)1-6403133, +353 (0)1-6194598 (Constituency Office)
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Dear Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Michael Creed,

I support a total ban on fur farming and an immediate closure of Ireland's fur farms.

In these hellholes, animals suffer a horrendous life of misery before being cruelly gassed to death. There is absolutely no justification for allowing this cruelty to continue.

Please ban fur farming now.

Yours sincerely,



ICABS footage - Victims of Ireland's cruel far farming

NARA footage showing caged mink in a fur farm in Donegal

Mink pulled from cages and thrown into gassing box

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