“A cruel practice”: Former fur farming CEO condemns industry as barbaric, anachronistic and indefensible

10 Sep

A former CEO of the British Fur Trade Association has this week condemned fur farming as “a cruel practice” and described the fur industry as anachronistic, barbaric, unnecessary and indefensible.

“In 2020, there is no justification for fur. Full stop,” Mike Moser stated in an interview with Sky News. “That an animal is caged for its entire life is wrong.”

He said that during his ten years working in the industry, he visited fur farms across the globe and saw animals in cages “stressed and suffering”, adding that “there is no doubt from the footage that we have seen over the years that there are many animals in great distress on many fur farms”.

He is now calling on the British Government, which banned fur farming in 2000, to also ban the sale of fur products.

On fur farming in other counties, he commented: “I think it’s inevitable that the fur farms in Europe will continue to close. I think there will be increasing pressure from a responsible society and from politicians to say ‘enough is enough’.”

Watch the full Sky News report at

Here in Ireland, three fur farms remain where thousands of mink are permanently caged before, at six months of age, they are pulled from the cages and cruelly gassed to death.

The Irish Government has pledged to ban fur farming and, according to former Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary, the Department of Agriculture “is in the process of preparing a Bill to provide for the phased introduction of a ban on fur farming which will include a prohibition on mink farming”. No details are available on the duration of the phase-out period.


Please join us in urging the new Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue TD to immediately close the fur farms. Tell him that you want fur farms shut down NOW (instead of being phased out). Remind him that a RED C opinion poll confirmed that an 80 per cent majority of citizens “agree that farming and killing of animals for their fur in Ireland should be banned”.

Minister Charlie McConalogue TD
Tel: (01) 618 3199 OR (074) 917 7282
Email: charlie.mcconalogue@oireachtas.ie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CharlieMcConalogue
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@McConalogue

Contact Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Fianna Fail and urge them to immediately shut down fur farms.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin
Leader, Fianna Fail
Email: micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie; info@fiannafail.ie
Phone: 021-432 0088
Leinster House: 01–618 3000
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michealmartintd/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@MichealMartinTD

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