Matt Carthy TD asks if ambulance was called to fur farm in Kerry

15 Jan

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Sinn Fein TD Matt Carthy has asked the Minister for Health “if an ambulance was called to a fur farm in County Kerry in December 2020; the reason for this call-out; if any workers at this or the other two fur farms have tested positive for Covid-19”.

In response, the Health Minister stated: “As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.”

Last month, Deputy Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan) asked the Minister for Agriculture “when the announced cull of mink will take place in line with the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer”.

The government has apparently disregarded advice from Chief Medial Officer Tony Holohan in November that an urgent cull be carried out amid ongoing growing fears that a mutated Covid19 strain detected in fur farms in Denmark could emerge here and undermine the effectiveness of human vaccines.

It was reported that in correspondence to the Department of Agriculture, Dr Holohan warned that if this mutated form of coronavirus was to become the dominant strain of Covid19 in the community, then it would be “a really big problem”.

It is imperative, given what is at stake, that the Irish Government takes preventative action and immediately shuts down the three fur farms.

In an email to Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, ICABS stated: “It would be unforgivable if this course of action was not followed and a mutated version of the virus emerged in Ireland, causing further infections, deaths, lockdowns and a possible return to square one for those working to produce an effective vaccine.”

Both were reminded that the government has already pledged to ban fur farming and that the closure of fur farms is inevitable so therefore, closing them down now would merely be a matter of speeding up this process.

Find out more about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how you can protect yourself and your family –


Please join us in urging the government to shut down Ireland’s three remaining fur farms NOW and put in place the promised ban on fur farming.

Micheál Martin, Taoiseach
Phone: +353 (0)1–618 4350 or +353 (0)21-432 0088

Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste
Telephone: +353 (0)1-640 3133
Tweet to: @LeoVaradkar

Eamon Ryan TD
Leader, Green Party
Tel: 01 618 3894

Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly
Tel: (01) 201 7300 or (01) 618 3041

Charlie McConalogue
Minister for Agriculture
Tel: (01) 618 3199

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A retired Irish fur farmer has revealed on the Claire Byrne show on RTE Radio 1 that fur farming was introduced into Ireland by two vets. Later in the show he admitted that he broke the necks of mink with his hands

Coronavirus testing at Irish mink farms under way

COVID19 testing at Irish fur farms: Govt must shut them down

Letter: Government should roll out ban on fur farming

Jennifer Whitmore TD urges Taoiseach to “move immediately to ban fur farming in Ireland”

“We’ve drafted a bill to ban fur farming in Ireland”: Congratulations to Solidarity TDs Ruth Coppinger and Paul Murphy on their announcement today (12 July 2018)

“In relation to the fur farm Bill: Just to announce that they have actually drafted a law, and it is in the queue of legislation – we’ve seen it, to outlaw fur farming” – Ruth Coppinger TD

80 per cent of people in Ireland believe fur farming should be banned, all the main parties (except Fine Gael) now support a ban and Veterinary Ireland have condemned fur farming as cruel – Listen to the Ruth Coppinger TD (Solidarity) interview on RTE Radio 1’s Drivetime today (17 June 2019).

The value of fur exports from Ireland has plummeted by over 80 per cent in the past six years, it has emerged


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