comment Why did it take Covid-19 to cull our cruel mink fur trade?
There was good news this week for anyone hoping to get a fur coat from Santa this Christmas.
For the 120,000 caged mink, from whom the pelt could be torn, it's not looking so great.
Ireland's farmed mink population is set to be culled amid fears over the spread of Covid-19, it was confirmed on Friday.
It comes after a mutated strain of coronavirus hit farms in Northern Denmark, prompting a controversial nationwide cull of up to 17m mink, which this week saw the country's Agriculture Minister step down.
Now the three remaining mink farms in Donegal, Laois and Kerry have been instructed to follow suit to prevent 'Cluster 5' arriving here.
According to reports, Irish farmers will be allowed to "harvest" the mink - the cutesy cottagecore term for skinning them - but no further breeding will be permitted, finally banning the godawful trade 'fur' good.
Jointly speaking about the decision, described by Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan as "a matter of urgency", the farm owners said it "left three families in rural Ireland devastated and without a livelihood".
With all due respect, if in 2020, your "livelihood" involves making a small, wild animal's life as miserable as possible just so someone can look as classy as fur fan Madonna on a stripper pole, you might want to consider a career change.
It's all those poor leather strap makers put out of work by the banning of corporal punishment that I feel sorry for.
It is almost two decades since Northern Ireland joined the rest of the UK in implementing a ban on fur farming.
Austria, Norway and Slovakia are just a few others who've also already outlawed the beastly industry.
While in September, France became the latest to vow to phase it out by 2025, following an undercover investigation into the shocking conditions on mink farms there.
Frankly, it's embarrassing that it's taken a pandemic of biblical proportions to force the Irish Government to get the finger out, after promising to legislate for a ban in its recent programme for government following years of heel-dragging.
You know you're on the wrong side of history when even Queen Elizabeth II has stopped championing real fur before you have.
Fur-coat-no-knickers queen Kim Kardashian has also famously furgone the cruel trend since 2018.
The fact that Dublin Zoo had to go cap in hand to the Irish public this week only makes the hand-outs now likely to be given to fur farms here to wind down, on top of previous state funding of over €200,000 to keep going, all the more galling.
Covid or no Covid, the closure of these countrywide hellholes cannot come fast enough.
If you're still dying to rock the Cruella de Vil look this winter, just do what I do, and fake it 'til you make it.
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