THAT MOMENT WHEN I KNEW!
When people asked me as a child,“what do you want to be when you grow up?” my answer was not an “animal warrior” let alone an “anti-fur activist“. The only understanding of fur for me, at that age, was the fur left behind on the couch by Candy and Floss our family’s cat and dog respectively.
As things turned out, I became a clinical psychologist and so I became interested in the human-animal interaction. I learnt that when a young person is cruel towards animals invariably it leads to anti-social behaviour in that person. Conversely, learning to nurture and care for animals fosters an ability to empathise with other humans.
I loved Candy and Floss and for as long as I can remember I have been sensitive to animal rights issues. Yet the struggle against the fur trade never crossed my mind until March 2012. South Africa is a country where if the temperature drops below O degrees C we consider it a national disaster. So when I passed Erich Fischer Furriers (a shop in Johannesburg that sells fur garments) that day in March, I was horrified to realise that there is still a demand for fur garments in South Africa. From that moment on I knew my mission in life was to work towards getting the fur industry banned in South Africa. It is strange how life works – I went out for lunch and came back an anti-fur activist. The task of getting fur banned in a country such as South Africa, where animal rights are not a priority, is daunting.
But I must never forget, “… that every step forward is also a step on the way to the end“. -Milan Kundera
Did any of you have that “Aha” moment when you realised you were going to be an animal activist?