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400 high profile personalities join calls for ban on fur farming

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
Ireland, Ireland

Nov 6, 2018 — 

Over 400 of the biggest names from the worlds of film, television, theatre, radio, sport, literature and music have united in support of a ban on Ireland's cruel fur farming.

The list of high profile personalities, compiled by Irish actor Rachel Pilkington (who currently plays 'Jane Black' in Fair City), includes Oscar-nominated actors Saoirse Ronan, Ruth Negga and Stephen Rea, Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson ("Room"), Emmy award-winning director Emer Reynolds ("The Farthest"), Olympic medallist Sonia O'Sullivan, former international rugby player Alan Quinlan, musicians Sharon Shannon, Damien Dempsey, Mundy, Don Mescall, Mary Coughlan, Josh Gray and Brian Kennedy, author Cathy Kelly, comedians Deirdre O'Kane and PJ Gallagher and many, many more - See

In a major boost to the campaign which will increase pressure on the government to do the right thing, all have signed a petition stating "I'm calling for a ban on fur farming in Ireland". The petition is to be delivered to the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.

Speaking out against the cruelty of fur farming, Rachel Pilkington commented: "The practice of fur farming violates most of the 'five freedoms' which underpin animal welfare best practices. From the moment they are born into captivity, the intrinsic value of these sentient beings fails to be recognised. By nature, mink are semi-aquatic and solitary mammals who are denied all basic rights to expression, dignity and freedom by being confined to small cages (in groups) for the duration of their lives. They exhibit many stereotypical behaviours synonymous with stress until they are finally dragged from their cages in terror and forced into darkened, overcrowded gassing boxes to be poisoned to death by carbon monoxide gas. No amendments to the government's current 'code of practice' will ever eradicate or alleviate the suffering of these animals. No amendments will ever excuse or justify it as a farming practice. Anyone who even attempts to validate such cruelty on the grounds of economic profit or gain demonstrates a rather shameful level of emotional detachment."

A big thank you to Rachel and the 400 who have signed the petition. Please join them in calling for a ban on fur farming - see action alert below.


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)
CC: (Agriculture Minister Michael Creed)
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Urge Fianna Fáil leader, Micheal Martin and Fianna Fail TDs to back a ban on fur farming.

Tel: 021-432 0088 (Constituency Office) OR 01–618 3000 (Leinster House)
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Please contact all your local TDs and urge them to support Solidarity's Fur Farm Prohibition bill 2018. Contact details for TDs can be found at


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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