Ireland is the latest country to ban fur farming after legislation to end the practice reached the final stages of the parliamentary process last month. The bill is currently on its way to the president of Ireland, Michael Higgins, to be signed into law.
Ireland’s three existing fur farms will be shut down during the course of 2022 after the ban becomes official.
Last year, bans on fur farming were implemented by several European countries including France, Italy and Estonia. The practice had already been outlawed in the UK, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg, Serbia, North Macedonia and the Netherlands.
According to Eurogroup for Animals, a 2018 poll conducted by Respect for Animals in Ireland found that a whopping 80% of respondents were opposed to fur farming and agreed that the killing of animals for their fur should be banned.
“We commend Ireland for at last banning the inhumane practice of fur farming,” says David Barritt, executive director of Animal Survival International. “It is a cruel and barbaric practice that has no place in a society that cares about its animals. We look forward to the day that fur farming is forever relegated to our history.”
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