Rows of mink cage houses each holding up to 1,000 mink. Donegal-born Sven Sjoholm’s parents, Sune and Karita Sjoholm, moved from Finland in 1968 in response to an advertisement looking to attract foreign fur farmers to Ireland.

Hidden among the hills of south Donegal, tucked behind a shroud of fir trees, is one of Ireland’s most controversial farms. Tall steel gates, electric(...)

Activists outside Barnardo furriers with fox pelts to mark International Fur Free Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Animal rights protesters have demonstrated outside the capital’s oldest and most esteemed fur shop to mark International Fur-Free Friday. Some two doz(...)