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The (Fur) Fighting Irish

Written by PETA | October 13, 2009

There’s no need to wait until March 17—now’s the time to dig out your funny green hat and celebrate.

That’s because Ireland has just become the latest European country to ban fur farms! The ban will take effect in three years and will save thousands of animals from the horrors of fur factory farms. / CC
red fox


On fur farms, animals who would roam hundreds of miles in the wild are crammed into wire cages only big enough for the animals to take a few steps in any direction. Hundreds of animals at a time may be kept inside sheds or subjected to stifling heat and numbing cold outdoors. While diseases and injuries are common, most animals on fur farms are denied even basic vet care.

Not surprisingly, the boredom and frustration of captivity drive many animals insane; they spin in circles endlessly, bash themselves against their cage bars, and sometimes gnaw their own tails off.

The ban means that the Emerald Isle will become even greener, too: There will be no more tons of waste produced by fur farms that can pollute waterways and release ammonia into the air.

Ireland’s ban on fur farms is a true pot o’ gold for animals. Meanwhile, U.S. legislators have yet to enact any federal protections for animals on fur farms—tell them it’s time to take a cue from the Irish and put an end to fur-farm cruelty.

Written by Heather Drennan

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  • heather f says:

    yay for Ireland now WTF U.S???

  • Hyou says:

    hurray for the Irish!!!

  • carla says:

    James J… your post was pathetic and discusting.. just like you!!!!!!!

  • Lacey says:

    Erin go bragh indeed!

  • Rebekah says:

    Great news again it is so distressing that this will still continue for 3 years for the law to take effect…God bless all those innocent souls that will be lost in this time… And I agree with you Yuri…Jack johnson…remember about karma and the way the universe works What goes around comes around…. keep up the amazing work PETA x

  • anne westerman says:

    when i hear news like this it makes my day just sad it will take 3 years

  • Katrelya Angus says:

    I am an American of Irish ancestry and have spent some of my happiest days in Ireland! I’ll raise a tankard of Guinness in honor of the Irish people and this grand and momentous occasion!

  • Linda Poisson says:

    Thankyou Ireland Wonderful news but why wait “3” Years that’s to long! Maybe the U.S. can do the same. Thankyou again.

  • yuri says:

    Although I am happy to hear this I am still concerned about the time. Why three years? I mean it’s better than no response at all but I still think that those three years can cause the loss of thousands of animals.In reply to James Johnson who the hell do you think you are and what makes you think you have the right to see or treat innocent animals like trash. I just hope you feel one day the pain all these innocent creatures feel. If you can’t feel compassion for an innocent animal like the one in this picture who can expect you to be compassionate about any other human being. So go f… yourself. Great work PETA God bless you for all your hard work to save animals.

  • Barb3000 says:

    It’s to bad the law has to wait three years. That is a long time. The fur farms here in the US used to hide their locations but now they have web sites advertising their wears. I guess they are not as scared of activist opening up cages since congress passed bills that called anyone doing this are now terrorists.

  • Carla says:

    It’s not just the US Deanna… it is also China Japan and MANY other countries!!!

  • Deanna says:

    Way to go Ireland!!!!! That is WONDERFUL news. I really do hope that the U.S. can learn from you and ban fur farms too. LETS SAVE THE ANIMALS

  • Sharon Kennedy says:

    All glory to God for these victories. I am so proud that the nation of my ancesters remembers to fight for justice for all creation.

  • Tammy says:

    HOORAY! That is the greatest news! Thanks Ireland!

  • carla says:

    High five Ireland!!! Question why wait 3 years and why not do this today!!!!

  • Brittany Blackwood says:

    This makes me so happy! XDD props to Ireland for sure I’m spreading the word to everyone!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Although I share a German last name with my husband I am English Irish Scot and Welsh. I have never been so proud of the Irish part.

  • James Johnson says:

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO….just shot the poor fox…..his mother prolly already got shot by a hunter and skinned already…..y let him live in misery!!!!!

  • Chuck Piorkowski says:

    GREAT!!! More things like this need to be done. It’s about time. Keep it up everybody…

  • Mia says:

    Wow this is amazing. Another step towards a more civilized world Way to go Ireland!

  • Jennifer says:

    Now if we could only get America to do the same.

  • lynda downie says:

    Wonderful news. Thank you Ireland!

  • Molly says:

    Just shows how amazing the Irish are!

  • Brien Comerford says:

    It’s edifying to learn that Ireland is awakening in reference to animal welfare issues. Plaudits for Ireland !

  • Carla* says:

    While I am greatful for Ireland stepping up to plate on this one has to wonder how legislation was passed in the first place!? Consumers? The need to feel fuzzy and warm? We don’t need it just like we don’t need meat or animals used in entertainment for profit for that matter. We always want what we can’t have so when it becomes readily available supply and demand we take it to the extreme we put morals and ethics aside so then that void gets filled up with GREED!! And that is what is destroying this earth simply put… Greed.

  • Michael Dolan says:

    Brilliant! ARAN Ireland’s animal rights group held an awareness and activism week in August. It must have got through to Minister Gormley. This is excellent for animal rights awareness in Ireland

  • NT says:

    GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!! Keep them coming!!!

  • Aneliese says:

    This is great! California bans taildocking of cows Michigan bans batterry cages and crates and now this too!

  • John Carmody says:

    For people who want to help us in Ireland get in touch with ARAN for more information