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Fine Gael attempt to block ban of fur farming. Sept 2012

Posted in ALiberation Press Release by ALib on the September 25th, 2012

Fine Gael up attempt to block ban of fur farming

ALiberation Press Release.
Contact: Jim Walsh at 0863203643.

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.”[1]

Spokesperson for ALiberation Jim Walsh said “We can’t say this is a total surprise. Fine Gael through both Agricultural ministers Shane McEntee and Simon Coveney has refused to answer a number of serious questions about this topic for over a year now. The Fur Farm Review, we believe, is a tool used by them to block a ban on fur farming.”


“When the wording “to ban fur farming” can be removed with no explanation it always looked bad. When Minister McEntee stood up in front of the Seanad and declared that “It is crucial that we have that meeting and that the fur farmers get the guarantees they are looking for,” again with no answer if this meeting happened or what guarantees were given to the fur farmers then this underlined an intent.

More issues arose until we arrived to yesterday when Fine Gael finally gave their official position.” [2] See Indymedia for more details and sources.

Mr Walsh continues “It’s hard to believe that both Fine Gael and Minister Coveney voted to ban fur farming in 2005. It’s a classic U-Turn and the estimated 250,000 animals on fur farms will suffer for this.”[4]
“The Animal Health and Welfare Bill is not what it claims.
It legalises violence against animals, this is never healthy and

no animal will ever fare well. It’s a licence to use and kill animals.”

“We would expect however that a democratic government would listen to the majority of people and outlaw such things like fur farming, hare coursing and the use of animals in circuses.

We will now urge all people concerned with fur farming and all the other things left out of the Bill to contact their local TD’s asking for amendments to be made.”

Ref:

[1] oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie

[2] www.irishtimes.com

[3] www.kildarestreet.com

[4] www.kildarestreet.com

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