Coun­cil won’t call for a fur farm ban

A MO­TION BY CLLR GINO O’BOYLE WAS DE­FEATED BY FIANNA FÁIL MA­JOR­ITY

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PEO­PLE Be­fore Profit Al­liance Coun­cil­lor Gino O’Boyle has failed to get the back­ing of the Coun­cil for a call for a ban on con­tro­ver­sial fur farms.

Cllr O’Boyle’s mo­tion called on the Coun­cil to urge Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Michael Creed to ban fur farms.

He told the meet­ing that the stress of con­fine­ment in tiny cages re­sulted in can­ni­bal­ism. He said the minks were gassed to death be­fore be­ing skinned.

“It’s time to put an end to this cru­elty,” he told mem­bers.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Jerry Lundy said he didn’t think the Coun­cil should be call­ing for a ban on any farm and said cit­i­zens should have the right to buy fur if they wanted.

He de­scribed Cllr O’Boyle’s mo­tion as an “at­tack on the farm­ing com­mu­nity” and said fur farms were “highly reg­u­lated.”

Cllr Lundy said fur farms were in­creas­ing across Europe and said many small farms were di­ver­si­fy­ing into fur farm­ing which cre­ated lo­cal jobs.

“Once you start ban­ning any type of farm­ing where will it end? Chick­ens or beef ?” he said. Fianna Fáil Cllr Seamus Kil­gan­non said he sup­ported Cllr Lundy.

Sinn Féin Cllr Chris MacManus said: “With all due re­spect to Cllr Lundy we need to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween a small num­ber of farms that pro­vide lux­ury prod­ucts and food pro­duc­ers.”

“Peo­ple should be ashamed to wear fur,” he added.

In­de­pen­dent Cllr De­clan Bree said it was “ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous” to even sug­gest Cllr O’Boyle’s mo­tion was an at­tack on ru­ral Ire­land.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple find it ab­hor­rent to tor­ture dumb an­i­mals for a lux­ury prod­uct,” he said.

Cllr O’Boyle said fur farms were clos­ing down across Europe, “not ex­pand­ing.”

Cllr Lundy replied that it was a ques­tion of “peo­ple hav­ing a choice.”

“Why should we block some­body from wear­ing fur, leather or eat­ing meat?” he said, call­ing for a roll call of votes.

The cham­ber was split evenly, with Cllrs Bree, Casserly, Keaney, MacManus and O’Boyle vot­ing in favour of call­ing for a ban on fur farms.

Coun­cil­lors Baker, Kil­gan­non, Lundy, MacSharry and Queenan voted against the mo­tion.

Cathaoir­leach Fianna Fáil Coun­cil­lor Martin Baker had the cast­ing vote and voted against. Cllr O’Boyle said it was “dis­grace­ful” and he was “not sur­prised.”

PBPA Cllr Gino O’Boyle.

FF Cllr Jerry Lundy.

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