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The Republic of Ireland has banned fur farming.
Legislation prohibiting the practice—titled the Animal Health and Welfare and Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021—completed its passage through the Irish Senead (Senate) at the end of March. President Michael D Higgins signed it into law yesterday.
The move, which will see the country’s last three mink farms shut down for good, is the latest in a string of European fur farming bans.
At the end of last year, Italy approved a budget law that would see the country’s fur farming industry close completely. In June 2021, Estonia became the first Baltic state to pass a fur farming ban. In November 2020, Hungary announced a ban on the farming of mink, foxes, ferrets, coypu, and polecats for their fur.
The Irish ban is also in line with the opinion of its own citizens. According to the Fur Free Alliance—an international coalition of animal protection organizations—80 percent of the country’s residents are against fur farming.
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