Fianna Fáil Senator for Mayo, Lisa Chambers, has welcomed the announcement that agreement has been reached on the drafting of the Animal Health and Welfare Bill of 2021.
Speaking on the matter, Senator Chambers said: "Under this bill, it will be prohibited to keep animals for the primary purpose of using their fur or skin. This is a very important step for Ireland in regard to animal protection and welfare and I am delighted to see that this ban is finally happening.” She continued: "I am fully aware that farming accounts for a vast majority of people's income in the West, so those who keep animals for the main purpose of using their fur or skin will be compensated. This should cover their potential earnings. This way we can continue to look out for the welfare of animals, without farmers struggling financially."