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Action Alert, Contact your TD’s regarding fur farming.

Posted in Fur News by ALib on the September 25th, 2012

Action Alert: Fine Gael up attempt to block ban of fur farming

Fine Gael has upped their attempt to block the ban on fur farming in Ireland.

Their Minister of Agriculture told the Dail yesterday when discussing the Animal Health and Welfare Bill that “We have done a separate review on fur farming, the details of which I can give to the Deputy. We will not ban it but are putting in place tighter regulations which may include random inspections.”

This is not the end however. This Bill has more stages to go.
Please contact your TD’s today asking them to add an amendment to the Bill to include a ban on fur farming.
See the following steps to do so:

Contact your TD using this page: Contact.ie.
1. Fill in your Full Name.
2. Fill in your Email.
3. Fill in your Full Address (This is not absolutely necessary, but TD’s will pay more attention to you if you have an address in their constituency)

4. Fill in the Subject, eg “Ban fur farming”.
5. Fill in category “TD’s”
6. Fill in the message. Eg, Dear Deputy, please add an amendment to the Animal Health and Welfare Bill to include a ban on fur farming in Ireland. Yours Sincerely, [YOUR NAME]
7. Please forward any replies you receive to
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The Ban Irish Fur Farms Campaign reaches 10,000 letters!

Posted in Fur News by Cif on the March 31st, 2010


1200 letters were signed last month at the ALiberation information stall (every saturday, from 2pm to 5pm).

600 of them (for John Gormley, Minister for Environment), were given to Senator Dan Boyle, at the Green party Annual Convention, Waterford on Saturday 27th March 2010.

Senator Dan Boyle was the man who proposed the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill 2004 which was sadly defeated by the government at the time despite the vast majority of people supporting a ban. All opposition parties also supported this bill.

The letters urge that legislation be passed to ban fur factory farms in Ireland as soon as possible as promised in the Programme for Government agreed by the present government of the Green Party and Fianna Fail and some independents.

It brings the amount of letters recorded to a total of 10,050 letters since June 08. Many more were sent in without being counted.

Thank you for taking the time to sign the letters on saturday!

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Finnish Fur Farm Investigation, Action Alert

Posted in Fur News by ALib on the March 3rd, 2010

Finnish Fur Farms, Action Alert

On Friday 26th of February 2010, activists held a demonstration outside of the Embassy of Finland in Dublin Ireland calling for in particular the end to Finnish fur factory farms but also highlighting speciesism and animal rights.
View the pictures of the event: Vegaplanet Gallery.

A representative from the Finnish embassy came out to meet the activists and agreed to pass on a letter addressed to Ambassador Pertti Majanen from the animal rights group ALiberation. This gentleman chatted for some time with the activists as they explained their position to him.

Recent undercover footage (Click on left list to view each fur factory farm) released from inside Finnish fur factory farms have revealed once more the reality of animals exploited for their fur. This investigation was carried out by the animal advocacy groups Oikeutta Eläimille and Animal Defenders International (ADI) in over 7 months in 2009.

Over 1500 pictures and 7 hours of video footage taken on 30 fur factory farms captured the existence foxes and minks are forced to endure for this repressive industry. Foxes and minks are also exploited on Irish fur factory farms.

The fur industry is built upon animal exploitation and upon ignoring their crucial rights and crucial interests. Nobody needs to wear the skin of an animal to live except the animal who was born with this skin.


Animals are caged for life without escaping for exercise and will never feel the earth beneath their paws. Their imprisoned world is seen through wire mesh. This results in psychotic behaviour from constant repression of their basic behavioural needs, cannibalism, self mutilation and disease. This is the same in fur factory farms across the world. Ireland is the same as Finland where over 3million non human animals are murdered each year for the frivolous desires of humans.

Please send a letter to the Finnish Ambassador to Ireland (Sample letter) and the Irish Minister of Agriculture (Sample letter) demanding a ban to the fur trade in their respective countries. Details are on the sample letters. Please see the video footage and report from the undercover Finnish investigation. (See links).

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Ban Irish Fur Factory Farms Campaign

Posted in Fur News by Cif on the February 28th, 2010

800 Letters sent
this month

800 letters were signed last 2 months at the ALiberation information stall (every saturday, from 2pm to 5pm).

The letters urge that legislation be passed to ban fur factory farms in Ireland as soon as possible as promised in the Programme for Government.

It brings us to a total of 8850 letters since June 08.

Thank you for taking the time to sign the letters on saturday!

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Ban Irish Fur Factory Farms Campaign

Posted in Fur News by Cif on the February 5th, 2010

400 Letters Sent
Last Month

400 letters were signed last month at the ALiberation information stall (every saturday, from 2pm to 5.30pm).

The letters urge that legislation be passed to ban fur factory farms in Ireland as soon as possible as promised in the Programme for Government.

It brings us to a total of 8050 letters since June 08.

Thank you for taking the time to sign the letters on saturday!

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Ban Irish Fur Factory Farms Campaign

Posted in Fur News by Cif on the November 12th, 2009

1500 Letters Sent
This week

1500 letters were signed last 6 months at the ALiberation information stall (every saturday, from 2pm to 5.30pm).

Letters were sent by registered post to the Department of Agriculture and other Parties this week, to support a ban on Irish Fur Farms.

It brings us to a total of 7650 letters since June 08.

Thank you for taking the time to sign the letters on saturday!

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Mislabeling of Fur

Posted in Fur News by ALib on the November 10th, 2009

Mislabeling of Fur continues…

Mislabeling of animal fur is a real problem. The fur industry has a habit of misinforming the general public through various practices and techniques to disguise that the trim on a coat or fur on a purse is not synthetic but is actual animal fur.

For example, the Fur Industry will dye the colour of the fur, or cut the shape of the fur to fool people into believing that the product they think is synthetic when it is really animal fur.

But the Fur Industry does not stop there. They have been caught time and time again selling animal fur while labeling it as fake or faux fur. They will change the name of the species of animal, or they will use a foreign word to describe the fur or they just won’t label it at all.

Popular brand names like the now fur free Tommy Hilfiger have been duped into selling real dog fur. They advertised it as “fake fur”.


Bloomingsdale’s and Macy’s were also found to be mislabeling to name a few. In one study conducted, it was found that 24 out of 25 real animal fur items tested were in fact mislabled or misadvertised.

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Ban Irish Fur Factory Farms Campaign

Posted in Fur News by Cif on the April 17th, 2009

400 Letters Sent
This week

400 letters were signed last 2 weeks at the ALiberation information stall (every saturday, from 2pm to 5.30pm).

Letters were sent by registered post to the Department of Agriculture and The Labour Party today, to support a ban on Irish Fur Farms.

It brings us to a total of 6140 letters since June 08.

Thank you for taking the time to sign the letters on saturday!

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Ban Irish Fur Factory Farms Campaign

Posted in Fur News by Glô! on the March 11th, 2009

740 Letters Sent
This week

740 letters were signed last 2 weeks at the ALiberation information stall (every saturday, from 2pm to 5.30pm).

Letters were sent by registered post to the Department of Agriculture and The Labour Party today, to support a ban on Irish Fur Farms.

It brings us to a total of 5740 letters since June 08.

Thank you for taking the time to sign the letters on saturday!

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Undercover Video of Irish F. F. Farms

Posted in Fur News by ALib on the February 25th, 2009

Fur Factory Farms Revealed

Undercover video and photographic footage from an anonymous source taken from inside all of the known fur factory farms in Ireland was released by ALiberation.

The footage shows stereotypical behaviour on all factory farms. This is a sign of extreme stress and frustration by the minks of having their essential needs forever suppressed.
Minks need to swim, climb, hunt, to be alone, to run and freedom. All of these needs are never met by fur factory farms.

The footage also highlights how the fur factory farmers can’t even meet the ridiculously low standards of laws that apply here.

Fur factory farms are built on animal exploitation and rights violations. Over 170,000 animals are killed each year in this country and will never be seen as anything more than a thing that grows fur by the fur factory farmers responsible.

ALiberation called again for the outlawing of fur factory farming in the Republic which would follow other countries like our closest neighbours Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.


It was also pointed out that the Minister of Agriculture Brendan Smith is not fulfilling his duties by ignoring scientific reports.
Under the EC SI 127/2000 Regulations 2000 the minister is obliged to refer to Scientific reports such as the SCAHAW report.

Please visit ALiberation website to view the footage of the Irish fur factory farms

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Ban Irish Fur Factory Farms Campaign

Posted in Fur News by Glô! on the February 18th, 2009

800 Letters Sent
This week

800 more letters were signed last 2 weeks at the ALiberation information stall (every saturday, from 2pm to 5.30pm).

Letters were sent by registered post to the Department of Agriculture and The Labour Party today, to support a ban on Irish Fur Farms.

It brings us to a total of 5000 letters since June 08.

Thank you for taking the time to sign the letters on saturday!

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Cat and Dog Fur, Part 8

Posted in Fur News by ALib on the February 10th, 2009

EU Bans Cat
and Dog Fur

Thanks to public pressure, a comprehensive EU ban on imports, exports and intra-Community trade in cat and dog fur and products containing such fur entered into force on 1 January 2009.

Cat and dog fur is mostly imported from China, and is usually mislabeled as synthetic fur or other types of fur such as rabbit fur or it is also often not labeled at all, misleading the consuming into thinking it cannot be animal fur.
This ban will guarantee consumers that cat and dog fur will no longer be produced, marketed, imported, exported and sold anywhere in the EU.
This ban would not have been possible without the tens of thousands of letters and petitions sent to the members of the European Parliament.
We can only hope that the ban will be effective in ending the cat and dog fur trade and that no loophole will ever be exploited as is the case in the United States where any garment under 150$ does not have to be labeled.

Read dossier on Cat and dog fur trade

More info:

  • ec.europa.eu : The ban on import, export and sale of cat and dog fur enters into force on 1 January 2009
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