The Fur Trade

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


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! For more information on our campaign to ban fur farming, please contact us at:


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 behaviour, 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 MURDER!!!

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