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Vegan musician Morrissey has written to Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to urge him to ban fur.

The rocker’s letter to Michael Creed – which was written in conjunction with animal rights charity PETA – also thanked the politician for banning wild-animal circuses.

He asked him to ‘continue on this progressive path by also outlawing fur farming’.

PETA has taken footage of fur production

Squalid

Morrissey said: “Ireland has three fur farms, on which 200,000 minks are jammed into squalid cages and denied the opportunity to roam, swim, or care for their young.

“This confinement causes them such psychological distress that many go insane and mutilate themselves. They’re killed when they’re only about six months old – crammed by the dozens into a box and gassed to death.

“And for what? A stale ‘status symbol’ that nobody wants to wear anymore.”

According to PETA, the UK, Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and the Netherlands have all banned fur farming. Norway announced its own ban just last month.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.