Singer Imelda May has penned an angry open letter to government officials demanding a ban on fur farms in her native Ireland. The Make a Wish hitmaker has urged Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to pass a bill to close the five remaining mink farms in the country. In her missive, she writes, "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." People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' spokesman Ben Williamson adds, "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."