Singer Imelda May has written an open letter to government officials calling for a ban on fur farms in Ireland.
The Dublin-born star has urged Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to pass a bill to close the five remaining mink farms in the country.
May wrote: "Fur farming is a shameful, cruel industry that simply has no place in modern Ireland.
"Almost a quarter-million minks are condemned to a life of suffering on Irish fur farms. This barbaric cruelty is unacceptable in a civilised, progressive country. Ireland needs to stop dragging its feet. Regulating the industry is not enough - please make Irish people proud and enact an immediate ban."
PETA spokesperson Ben Williamson added: "The Irish Government has shown itself to be out of touch by failing to relegate the five remaining Irish mink farms to the history books.
"Imelda represents the views of the majority of Irish people... and we hope that her involvement in this campaign will cause the Government to sit up and pay attention."