CAFT Ireland launched the country's first ever 'Fur Farm Exposé Tour' on
Saturday 4th July. This was to highlight the recent undercover exposé on
Irish fur farms, which can be viewed here:
http://www.youtube. com/naracampaign s
We travelled to every county that has a fur farm, tabled and
leafleted in the major town near each farm, and protested outside all
5 mink farms - something that has never been done before, and something
that we pledge to keep doing on a regular basis.
WHAT WE DID:
PART 1 - Sat. 4th -
CO. LAOIS: An information table and display was set up
Portlaoise, and all the shops in the town were given bundles of leaflets
for their customers. We then had a protest outside Ireland's largest fur
farm, Vasa Ltd. (Vicarstown, Stradbally, Co. Laois), where 45,000 mink
are murdered every year. This is the 4th time we have protested this fur
farm, and as with most years, a worker had to stop at the gates to drive
passed us into the farm, as we 'named and shamed' him for the blood on
his hands. Vasa Ltd. is owned by Una & Michael Heffernan.
PART 2 - Sat. 11th - CO. SLIGO: An information table
and display was set up in Sligo Town, and as there was an arts/street
performance festival happening while we were there, our display
generated a lot of interest. All the shops in the town, including those
in a popular shopping centre, were given bundles of leaflets for their
customers. Then we went to North West Fur Farms Ltd. (Rhue, Tubercurry,
Co. Sligo), owned by Kieran Lundy. Due to the fact that the Lundy's
reside right in front of their death camp, this was one of the most
direct protests we've had on the tour - there was no way they could
PART 3 - Sat. 18th - CO. KERRY: For this event we
teamed up with local group, 'Fur or Against?', in Tralee. We set up a
table and display together, and both groups leafleted the town and
shops. Afterwards we headed to Willow Herb Ltd. (Dromkeare, Waterville,
Co. Kerry), which is owned by Stefan Kolon. The gardai didn't let us get
as close to the entrance of the fur farm as we would have liked to be,
but the Kolon family were left in no doubt as to why we were there.
PART 4 - Sat. 25th - Co. Donegal: For the finale of our
tour, we spent 2 days in Donegal, where we teamed up with the Donegal
Vegan group in Letterkenny. An information table was set up, and the
whole town was leafleted. Out of all the places we've been to,
Letterkenny was one of the most receptive - with all but one shop eager
to take bundles of leaflets from us. When we finished there, we went to
protest Tazetta Ltd. (Drumnalough, Glenties, Co. Donegal), which is
owned by Sven Sjoholm. Sven, his wife Monica, and a number of workers
watched us throughout the entire protest - they even used a camcorder on
us and spent a lot of time taking pictures. We didn't care, but still
found it quite strange! What are they so worried about, I wonder?
Anyway, after that, we went to Rolf Andersson Mink Farms Ltd. (Ardara,
Killybegs, Co. Donegal), which is owned by Rolf Andersson. This is the
farm you see at the beginning of the exposé video, with 5 mink to a
cage, and faeces covered cages. The farm is the most hidden one we've
been too, it's completely surrounded by trees. And they don't even stop
at mink when it comes to abusing animals - they have an Alsatian chained
up at the entrance of the farm. Rolf was just as uptight as Sven when he
saw us, with camcorder in hand. I'm sure after decades of murdering
animals went unnoticed, they assumed no one would ever stand up against
The following day, we leafleted Letterkenny again, and then a smaller
group of us drove back to Tazetta Ltd. for a quick protest before
heading back to Dublin.
By organising this tour, we weren't just representing our group, we were
representing the whole country. It is time these farmers knew that the
Irish people will no longer tolerate what they are doing.
We distributed literally thousands of leaflets in each town, and we've
had a fair amount of media coverage for the tour too. Local newspapers
published pieces on the campaign, and I've done a number of radio
interviews as well. I even had a live debate with Sven Sjoholm on
Highland Radio Station this week.
Our campaign is not about improving welfare standards, such giving them
bigger cages - we are fighting for empty cages. It is unacceptable for
fur farming to continue in this country. Just because it is currently
legal, doesn’t make it morally acceptable. Everyone involved in this
barbaric industry has blood on their hands and should be ashamed of
themselves. There is absolutely no justification for wearing real fur.
We are not asking for an end to fur farming - we’re demanding it. The
Department of Agriculture better be listening, because we will not let
this barbaric industry continue, and we will not accept a phase-out ban.
For the millions who have died at the hands of these barbarians, we will
never stop until justice is served.
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CAFT Ireland / National Animal Rights Association