Roughly forty-five ARAN members and supporters gathered outside the offices of Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, in Carrigaline, Co. Cork in a lively protest to call for an end to Irish fur farming. During the event Cork’s 96FM were running an hourly bulletin on our protest that went out all over Cork City. Local newspapers such as the EveningEcho, Cork Examiner, Youghal Online, Youghal Community Radio, Carrigdhoun Newspaper, The Cork News, along with various independent photographers also covering the campaign. Whilst the lively protest was going on in Cork, at the Department of Agriculture in Dublin, their offices were been deluged by our members and supporters politely calling for an end to fur farming - the Minister’s office confirmed quote, ‘We’re receiving a high volume of calls on the issue since this morning’. Click here to see some action.
The spirit, energy and determination of the many who turned up for the two-hour event was inspiring! Supporters traveled from Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Limerick, Kerry, and of course Cork City. There was tears and passion flowing throughout from the many who are appealing to the Minister, and of course there was tremendous support from the consistent passing traffic honking and giving the thumbs up. Times are truly changing, public opinion and attitudes are changing, and now we’re encouraging political attitudes to change and get with the times too. We’re now in the final hour of our campaign to ‘Ban Fur Farming in Ireland’. In the coming weeks Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, is expected to make a decision on the future of these farms, and ARAN is working overtime ensuring the Minister hears the concerns of Irish people in the hopes that he sticks with the previous coalition government’s pledge to ban these farms. We need you to log onto our campaign website www.banfurfarms.ie and send your email if you’ve not already done so.