While campaigning against Erich Fischer Furriers and Investec I had to do a lot of questioning as to where I fitted into the bigger, often confusing, picture of animal activism.
To approach a huge corporation such as Investec Ltd. in the role of an animal activist would have been a lost cause, before it had even begun.
Animal Activists are often labeled eccentric, overly emotional, impulsive “bunny huggers” and part of the lunatic fringe.
Earlier this year, a Buddhist monk self-immolated in protest against the halal method of killing cattle. Some believe, though, that this was a more an anti-Muslim statement than one for the animals.
I think you get the point that Animal activists are not taken that seriously.
So initially I took the “Lone Wolf ” approach. When referring to a person, a Lone Wolf is an individual who prefers solitude, is introverted, or who works alone. In many ways I am not a team player, and I certainly will never be the one holding the megaphone at a demonstration. But whatever I have committed to do I do to the best of my ability.
So I approached Investec as an outraged consumer and a respectable professional (I practice a s a clinical psychologist).
Yet everything I did was discussed with FURfree SA. When my campaign went into a phase of e-mailing Investec, FURfree SA circulated this request to all their members.
The report to be given to an MP, although spearheaded by myself will have FUR Free SA’s stamp on it.
This campaign is something that no Lone Wolf can do.
If fact, other than self-immolation where nobody wants to hold your hand, I don’t believe that animal activism can be a solitary activity. What do you think?
I want to share the quote below. I came across it when I was feeling particularly despondent by the lack of success I was having.
For me these words are inspirational and ones that every animal activist should remember.