Mink Fur Farming in Ireland


JOHN CARMODY speaks to Ronnie O’Brien about the Animal Rights Network and footage taken from a mink farm in Ireland. John talks about conditions seen in the video and the negligence which the animals are experiencing.

They discuss how the Animal Rights Network is lobbying government to prevent fur farming. John says up to 200,000 mink and a number of arctic foxes are kept on farms across Ireland, and that the majority of people do not realise that the industry exists in Ireland in 2012 and that most of the fur is exported to Russia and Scandinavian countries.

They move on to discuss how the Animal Rights Network is trying to implement a ban on battery caged hens in Ireland. John feels that the Irish population are not properly informed on the conditions of such egg farms.

John explains why he is against the wearing of fur, having seen footage of the conditions which the animals endure before being killed for their fur. They discuss whether Inuit communities can be excused when it comes to fur farming and John suggests that this is traditional farming, where people take only what they need to survive and it is not done for vanity or commercial purposes.


Duration: 14'46" DATE: January 4, 2012
Interviewer:Ronnie O'Brien
Producer:Ronnie O'Brien
Interviewee:John Carmody
Themes:Irish Life & Culture, Local Current Affairs
Keywords:mink fur, animal cruelty, fur farming, john carmody, animal rights network, arctic foxes
LocationIreland Time Period:2012
Type:Sound Language:English
Creator:Near FM Publisher:Near FM
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