ALiberation, held a creative and illustrative photo-shoot on 29/11/2011 to highlight the influence Minister McEntee has over Fine Gael and the Labour Party. Minister McEntee, get your directions straight. Ban fur factory farming today.
A cross roads has been reached, where a road sign points one way for â€œBan Irish Fur Farmsâ€, â€œSave Animalsâ€ and â€œPublic Opinionâ€ and in the very opposite direction, the road sign points to â€œFur Farmsâ€, â€œAnimal Crueltyâ€ and â€œ200,000 Animals Killed Yearlyâ€. Minister McEntee is seen pointing and directing both political parties towards the latter and away from the a ban of fur farms which would save the lives of approximately 200,000 Minks, Red Foxes and Arctic Foxes each year. See pictures of the event here.
Contact politicians today and ask them to ensure that fur farms are banned in the upcoming Animal Health and Welfare Bill and that no further obstructing occurs. See here for contact details: Action Alert.
A ban on fur farming in Ireland has never been closer but worryingly also it may never have been further away.
The decision rests with the current coalition government parties of Fine Gael and Labour. Both parties have voted to ban fur farming in the past. Any other decision now can only be described as a U-Turn.
ALiberation together with Sea Shepherd Ireland invite you to the screening of a great movie “Sharkwater”! The screening will be followed by a talk with John Flynn who will be just back from Ghana with first hand knowledge of the shark fin trade in the country.
Movie Event: â€œSharkwaterâ€.
When: Saturday 10th December 2011.
Contact: ALiberation, , 0863203643
Where: The Happy Pear, Church Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow.
“Sharkwater” takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world’s shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
In an effort to protect sharks, Stewart teams up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Their unbelievable adventure together starts with a battle between the Sea Shepherd and shark poachers in Guatemala, resulting in pirate boat rammings, gunboat chases, mafia espionage, corrupt court systems and attempted murder charges,
forcing them to flee for their lives.
Through it all, Stewart discovers these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey, and how despite surviving the earth’s history of mass extinctions, they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed.
Sea Shepherd and ALiberation will have a stand with information and some merchandise.
Please send an email to all TDs and Ministers asking that they ensure that fur farming is banned in Ireland in the upcoming Animal Health and Welfare Bill. See Press Release here.
Please cc into your emails and forward responses from the politicians to also.
It has come to my attention that Minister of State Shane McEntee and possibly the Department of Agriculture is attempting to block a ban on fur farming.
Recently Minister McEntee told the Seanad that â€œIt is crucial that we have that meeting and that the fur farmers get the guarantees they are looking forâ€
Fur farming is expected to become banned in the upcoming Animal Health and Welfare Bill. What guarantees is the Minister giving the fur farmers?
I am very concerned about this. Please ensure that a ban on fur farming is included in the upcoming Animal Health and Welfare Bill.
Press Release | 18 November 2011.
Contact: Jim Walsh.
Ph: 086 3203643.
Minister of State Shane McEntee appears to be trying again to make life worse for animals in Ireland. The question is will government coalition partners Fine Gael and the Labour Party go along with him.
Minister McEntee, who states that he is â€œcurrently in the process of having a new Animal Health and Welfare Bill draftedâ€ , has a huge influence over whether or not fur farming will be banned in Ireland.
The Minister told the Seanad recently that â€œIt is crucial that we have that meeting and that the fur farmers get the guarantees they are looking forâ€ . What guarantees is Minister McEntee giving fur farmers?
In the same speech 3 weeks ago, Minister McEntee stated that â€œThe Minister, Deputy Coveney, has established a group within my Department to review all aspects of fur farming and I expect this review to be completed shortly.â€ 
Yet a notice from the Department of Agriculture titled â€œFur Farming Reviewâ€ appeared in newspapers yesterday looking for submissions
from the public with â€œa closing date for receipt of submissions of 31st December 2011.â€ 
How can both things be said and still have the Minister remain credible? Has he already made up his mind to block the ban on fur farming in Ireland?
Minister McEntee has become known for obstructing Animal Welfare legislation and for his close ties with lobby groups who are anti-animal.
Liam Cahill is the leader of the mis-named hunting lobby group RISE! (Rural Ireland Says Enough!) but is also currently working for Minister McEntee in the Department of Agriculture. The Minister is also reported to have a RISE! sticker on the back of his chauffer driven state car.