Target: Simon Coveney, Irish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Marine
Goal: Phase out cruel fur trading starting with Irish fur farms
Fur has recently made a comeback on the runways despite the disturbing practice it supports. Animals forced to live in cramped cages are brutally killed by the millions to support a completely unnecessary fashion statement. Most commonly used are foxes and mink, but rabbits, seals and even cats and dogs are among billions killed each year in the name of couture.
In order to produce the perfect pelt, the animals are farmed and killed with regard for the worth of their skin rather than the quality of their lives. The living conditions on a fur farm are horrendous, with some animals living their whole lives without ever seeing the light of day. Often animals die of heat stroke and dehydration or go insane and resort to self mutilation. Unfortunately, their deaths are usually painful and sometimes quite slow since they have been known to be skinned alive with their hearts still beating for up to 10 minutes after they are discarded. Barbaric killing methods like anal electrocution are employed so as not to damage any part of an animal’s fur.
Despite all of the information regarding the cruelty of wearing fur, there are still several countries which house fur farms. With 63% of the world’s fur coming from the European Union, working to persuade local governments to cut out the fur farming is one way to abolish the cruel practice. Ireland is home to 5 authorized fur farms, and with several of its peers having recently phased out fur farms, it is the perfect opportunity for the government to make a change.
Tell Simon Coveney, Irish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Marine, not to look away from the brutality of fur trade and review recent proposals to eliminate fur farming in Ireland.
Dear Mr. Coveney,
Fur farming is an inhumane and unnecessary industry where animals are exploited for their skin. Animals are bred without regard for their well being and often kept in tiny cages for the whole of their lives. Dehydration, heat stroke and insanity are a common theme among the farms because of the poor living conditions. The killing methods are equally as disturbing as the living conditions, as sometimes animals are skinned alive or anally electrocuted.
Several other European countries have made the progressive move to phase out the industry, and I urge you to do the same. By allowing fur farms to operate on Irish soil, you are making a statement to the world that you support this type of brutality. Please don’t close your eyes to this brutal business and consider the proposal to ban Irish fur farming.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Michal Kolesar