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Donegal Demo Report 29th March 07

Posted in ALiberation Demo Reports by ALib on the April 15th, 2008

Donegal Town demands closure of Fur Farms!

Campaigners for a fur farm free Ireland were in Donegal Town last Saturday raising awareness about the cruelty of fur farms and also that County Donegal is the fur farm capital of Ireland.

The inhabitants of Donegal Town were shocked to learn that a few people are making money off the suffering of 170, 000 animals each year and welcomed the chance to demand that this cruelty ends.
Worldwide, County Donegal is known for her beauty and does not deserve a reputation of something so cruel and ugly as being the capital of Irish fur farming.

Donegal Town is the home of the Minister of Agriculture, Mary Coughlan, the person with the most power to end fur farms in Ireland. She can stop giving a licence to the fur farmers, she can include an end to fur farming in the Animal Welfare Bill that is currently being drafted by her department or she can bring forward other legislation of her own to stop fur farming in Ireland.

One person from Donegal summed up the general feeling in the town “I can’t believe that this is happening in County Donegal and that our own Minister Coughlan is not doing something to ban it. It’s so cruel.

70 animals killed for each fur coat, killed for something nobody needs. Unbelievable!”

The group of activists, ALiberation, had a large display of banners, posters, information tables and a caged toy fox, they put a leaflet in everyone’s hand, collected petitions and answered many questions.

Spokesperson for ALiberation, Edmund Long said “We’ve had a good reaction from Donegal Town, people and shops wanted to take leaflets to pass them on to others.

But there is a feeling of disbelief among people here that something like fur farming is happening in County Donegal. I’ve met people today who are very angry about that. We hope that Minister Coughlan will now listen and represent the majority of people in Ireland rather than just the owners of the fur farms. Minister Coughlan needs to end this animal cruelty and outlaw Irish Fur Farms.”

View the pictures of the demo.

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