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Irish Fur Trade

Shockingly, even Ireland has a secret fur trade - there are currently 3 mink farms in the country, where annually a total of 200,000 animals are killed. 

Is Big Business

  Good Business?

In 2009, a phase-out ban on fur farming was confirmed by the Irish government, but sadly in 2012, just before the legislation was finalised, the Fianna Fail/Green Party coalition government collapsed and was replaced by Fine Gael.

Simon Coveney, who was Minister for Agriculture at the time, scrapped the phase-out ban, and fur farming has continued to exist in Ireland ever since. But we hope that, with enough effort, we will achieve a ban on fur farming at last – but we need your help!

Make absolutely no mistake, the systematic murder of hundreds of thousands of helpless animals is a national business!

Another campaign is also now underway to ban the importation and sale of real fur in Ireland. A number of councils around the country, including Dublin City Council, have already pledged their support of this, by passing council bans on real fur. Sadly these bans do not apply to individual shops in their jurisdictions, but it is still a great step toward the total elimination of the fur industry here.

95 million animals are killed for their fur every year, including mink, fox, rabbit, chinchilla, raccoon, coyote, sable and wolf. Even cats and dogs are used - many of whom are skinned alive.

Mink are kept in filthy cages, with a floor space equivalent of just 2 shoe boxes in size. They have no access to water, even though they are semi-aquatic animals. Their diet consists of liquidized fish organs, which they are forced to consume by licking it through the top of their cages.

They are forced to live with, and beside, other mink, despite being solitary creatures by nature. This, coupled with the stress of confinement, results in stereotypical psychosis – repetitive behavior, self-harm, and cannibalism.

At 6 months of age, they are gassed to death, usually by carbon monoxide. Up to 100 mink are put into the ‘killing box’ at a time, which often leads to them being unconscious, not dead, when they are skinned.

Foxes are kept in cages just 1 metre square (2 fox per cage). They are killed by electrocution – utilising a 12 volt car battery with a transformer of 200 volts. Electrodes are clamped to their mouth while rods are inserted into their rectum and an extremely painful death ensues.

Despite what the fur industry claims, rabbit fur is NOT a by-product of the meat industry. Millions of rabbits are bred specifically for their fur each year and they are killed by either having their necks broken or their throats slit.

For wild animals, leg-hold traps are used. The traps work by clamping the animals’ leg, biting deep into the flesh. The victims wait a long time, growing weaker through pain and attempts to escape, before the trapper returns to kill them by clubbing or suffocation.

Animals are not ours to wear. There is NO excuse.

Fur is

For information on the cruelty of the leather, wool and silk industries,
please check out Viva!'s page:
The Big Cover Up

So, what are we doing about it?


Apart from targeting shops that sell real fur in Dublin, we have a protest outside the Dept. of Agriculture on Kildare Street in Dublin every Tuesday, as they are the department that licences the fur farms. We also travel to a different county every Saturday with our 'Ban Fur Farming Campaign Tour', making sure everyone in Ireland knows about this issue. Would you like us to visit your town next? Please get in touch!


We organizing canvassing sessions in Dublin and beyond, spreading awareness and encouraging people to get active in the campaign. We also document the conditions on the fur farms in Ireland, produce videos, and expose the fur farm inspection reports from the Dept. of Agriculture, via FOI requests. Please check out our Facebook page, and share our videos with family and friends!


We organize regular 'Action Alerts' online - asking people to contact their local TDs about the campaign. At the moment, we have support from Solidarity, Labour, the Green Party, Sinn Fein, the Social Democrats, People Before Profit, and several Independents. But we need your help in persuading Fianna Fail and Fine Gael to support the upcoming 'Prohibition of Fur Farming Bill 2018', which is due to go to second stage in the Dail in June 2019. Please contact us for a sample letter!

Play Video

Irish Fur Farming

An Exposé

This undercover expose shows the reality of fur farming in Ireland. The mink you see in the video were killed for the fashion industry, but with your help, we can make this suffering stop. Contact us now for more information on how to join the campaign to ban fur farming in Ireland.

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  • +353 (0) 86 8729 444
  • info@naracampaigns.org
  • PO Box 11019
  • Dublin 2, Ireland.

Please feel free to contact us if you want to ask us any questions, report something or get involved.


  • +353 (0) 86 8729 444
  • info@naracampaigns.org
  • PO Box 11019
  • Dublin 2, Ireland.

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