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Fur Farms, Press Release 20/12/2011.

Posted in ALiberation Press Release by ALib on the December 24th, 2011

Fur Farming Ban,
U-Turn by Stealth?

Since the current government has taken office a series of incidents regarding the fur farm ban have occurred which the Ministers responsible have not explained despite requested to do so. Each incident casts a question mark over the intentions of this government.

Spokesperson for the group, Jim Walsh said “Looking at the trend of events, the only conclusion we can draw is that there is an attempt to block the ban of fur farming. Basic questions are not being answered by the Minister about what has happened since he has come to office. Why have these questions gone unanswered?”

Jim Walsh further said “There is a trend of events that drives a wedge between the Fur Farming Ban and the Animal Health and Welfare Bill. First, the wording is dropped; Secondly Minister McEntee wants to give guarantees to the fur farmers in person; Thirdly, the incompatible dates of the submissions with the expected publication of the Bill; And Finally the lack of any answers about why all of these things have happened.

Is this government about to perform a U-Turn and try to block the fur farming ban by stealth?”

He continued “Fur farming is a symptom of how we view other animals. Fur farming is a symptom of speciesism. Nobody needs to wear animal fur. The fur industry involves caging animals for their whole miserable existence until they are then killed for their skins.”

Right now it’s legal to have fur farms in Ireland. What that incorrectly suggests is that the people of Ireland think it’s more important to have a fashion item than bother about the lives and pain of all these animals. But that’s not what the public thinks. We expect that elected public representatives will represent the public in this matter. Fur farming is an animal rights violation, it is cruel and the majority of people want it to stop.

Questions for the Minister.

1) What guarantees has Minister McEntee given to the fur farmers?

2) Why were the words “To ban fur farming” deleted from the explanation of the Animal Health and Welfare Bill as it moved through the publishing process?

3) Why could Minister McEntee state with confidence that he wanted to give guarantees to fur farmers and that the review is to be completed shortly even though this was three weeks before a notice from the Dept of Agriculture appeared in newspapers looking for submissions from the public about fur farming?

4) The closing date for the submissions for the “Fur Farming

Review” is the 31/12/2011. The Taoiseach stated he expects the Animal Health and Welfare Bill to be published before Christmas. How are these dates compatible with including a ban of fur farming? Or is this a way to block the ban by stealth?

5) Will a ban on fur farming be included in the first publication of the Animal Health and Welfare Bill? This is where it belongs now. If the review finds something new then this is the appropriate time to change what is in the Bill not before.

6) Is there a plan to block the ban of fur factory farming in Ireland? If not why is no answer forthcoming to all the above questions?

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