The fur farming ban enacted by President Higgins

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Fur farming has been banned in Ireland with new legislation in place.

The Animal Health and Welfare and Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021 was signed into law today by President Michael D Higgins.

The last three mink farms in Ireland will close.

The bill includes a scheme to compensate fur farm operators for losses resulting from a ban.

A campaign to ban fur farming had won the support of many animal welfare groups and the representative body for veterinary surgeons in Ireland, Veterinary Ireland.

The Green Party Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Senator Pippa Hackett, said: “Banning the farming of fur animals is an essential step in protecting animal welfare and we brings it in line with similar legislation implemented across Europe.

“These farms cannot ensure the five freedoms of animal welfare, particularly with regard to the need to express normal behaviors – no welfare standard or inspection regime can prevent welfare issues. be encountered regularly on fur farms.”

The Animal Health and Welfare and Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021 also introduces an exemption to forestry licenses for the planting of small native forests.

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