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Emy Will

Emy Will

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa. Although I have a doctorate in psychotherapy, my main passion is advocating for nonhuman animal rights. I condemn all cruelty to nonhuman animals and therefore follow a vegan lifestyle. I would like to connect with other animal activists from all over the world. The fur trade is one of the most abhorrent practices on this planet. Innocent animals are subjected to prolonged suffering for a trivial fashion item. As the chairperson of Fur Free SA. we campaign towards ending the global fur industry. This might not happen in my lifetime, but even if I leave one footprint behind, that is one step closer to the goal. This blog is a forum to discuss all aspects of the fur industry. It also raises issues around animal activism in general. Johannesburg is a crazy city and I need to escape from time to time. This photo was taken next to the magnificent Zambezi river.

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PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS (PeTA) has initiated many anti-fur campaigns. 

PeTA’s iconic “Ink Not Mink” campaign has recruited fur-free celebrities who choose ink over mink. These figures have stated “that engraving skin is always better than putting animals in graves for their skin”. The point of the campaign is to show that no amount of needle time can compare to the pain that foxes, mink, rabbits, coyotes, and even cats and dogs endure for the fur industry.

Don’t you just love these guys?    Well at least admire  their statement?

NBA's Chris Andersen Chooses Ink, Not Mink:                                                        Chris Andersen/ Birdman is a professional basket ball player for Miami Heat. He is 2.08 m tall and weighs 103 kg i.e. not someone you want to argue with.  He had two-year ban from the NBA in 2006 for violating the league’s drug policy, but was reinstated on March 4, 2008. Despite this, you will never see fur on this guy.                                                  AMI_PETAnew_UPDATED72                                                                Ami James is an Israeli born tattoo artist. His father left the family when Ami was four.  Ami relocated to the USA when he was about 12.  He moved back to Israel to complete his military service in the Israel Defense Force as a sniper. I can’t say I would cry If he “sniped” a few mink farmers.  (See post:                   https://emynow.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/how-far-is-too-far/  for a discussion on this topic).

In 2013 James participated in PeTA‘s “Ink Not Mink” campaign.  

Mario Barth, also a tattoo artist, was born in Austria at a time when tattoos were illegal! Riding motorcycles and hanging out with a rough bunch, he learned the secrets of the tattoo trade illicitly. Mario now owns the internationally renowned Starlight Tattoo studio.                                                                                                                                                            800-mariobarthPETAHear what Mario has to say about the abhorrent fur trade: http://www.peta.org/features/mario-barth-ink-not-mink.aspx   

???????????????????????????????????????                                                             Waka Flocka Flame is part of the American Rap Group 1017 Bricksquad, based in Georgia. His lyrics may be offensive to some. But his song  title,’“Fuck This Industry” (2010) sums up the fur industry

Chester Bennington, an American musician, had to overcome his drug addiction. He has taken a stand against the fur industry by posing for PeTA’s “Ink not Mink” campaign.chesterbennington-PETAink4Willis McGahee plays for the National Football League (NFL). By joining PeTA’s “Ink Not Mink” campaign, he supports the fight against animal cruelty.  Because animals, who are killed for their fur, endure tremendous pain and suffering, McGahee chooses “Ink Not Mink” and encourages his fans to do the same.

Terrell Suggs plays for the  NFL. He has a shocking history of domestic violence and a protective order was placed against Suggs, causing him to surrender an Ak-47 and 6 other guns. Yet he would never harm an animal by wearing its fur.                                                                             NFL Star Terrell Suggs Chooses Ink, Not Mink

Chad Ochocinco, a basket ball player, is another “Ink not Mink” celebrity. Unfortunately he is also charged with domestic violence:(Chad Ochocinco Chooses Ink, Not Mink

Tommy Lee was born in Greece but moved to USA with his family. He is a musician known for his decadent behaviour and drug abuse. He has been imprisoned for assault. One of his many wives was Pamela Anderson, who has campaigned strongly against the clubbing of seals. Perhaps she influenced his choice to be part of  “The Ink not Mink” campaign.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PETATommy_updated300800-DaveNavarroInk-PETA                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dave Navarro is a rock band guitarist. Some of the bands he has played with are:Jane’s AddictionRed Hot Chili Peppers, DeconstructionThe Panic ChannelCamp Freddy,Spirits in the SkyMarilyn MansonGuns N’ RosesNine Inch Nails. Although Dave was a Heroin  addict he will never wear any kind of fur.

Carey Hart  is a retired freestyle motocrossmotorcycle racer . In his attempts to perfect the back-flip he probably broke every bone in his body. At the 2003 X-Games in Los Angeles, Carey successfully completed the back-flip in the best trick competition winning the Silver medal behind Mike Metzger, who landed a no-footed back-flip.                  CareyHartPETA300                                                              Carey is married to the singer Pink, who posed in an anti-fur ad for PeTA .                                                                                                                                PINK

CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE GALLERY: http://www.peta.org/features/ink-not-mink-psas.aspx

Yes, Grandpa Rev. Harris is shuddering in his grave at the sight of these rough dudes. See post:  https://emynow.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/leaders-wearing-fur-when-is-it-ok/

Reverend Harris in his dog collar. BLOG

Don’t you think he would have looked good in this dog collar?    spiked dog collar


  1. Chris says:

    For too long people who care about animal rights (particularly men) have been stereotyped as soft sensitive wimpish souls. What I like about this campaign is that these guys are as rough as you get but still think it is abhorrent to wear fur.


  2. Paula says:

    and shows it is cool to help animals!


    • Emy Will says:

      So cool, and what a way to make a statement! Although I am focusing on animal activism I enjoy many other things, so I am looking forward to seeing your future posts. All the best.


      • Paula says:

        when i started this blog 3 years ago i focused on health, nutrition and positive training and some animal welfare. i lost my golden, lexi, last sept. since then, most of my posts are about animal welfare. i don’t really have a reason for this. i just go with my heart. 🙂


      • Emy Will says:

        It is always so sad when we lose a furry companion. Perhaps your posting keeps the memory of lexi alive?


  3. Paula says:

    Reblogged this on touch of home and commented:
    I also have ink not mink!


  4. […] Wait a minute you might say. What about all the naked men that PeTA photographs in its Ink Not Mink campaign. The message, however, in this campaign is different to those mentioned above. Please see my previous post for more information on this  (https://emynow.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/male-mink-huggers-not-wimps/) […]


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