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FREE AND HAPPY: Thank you ALF

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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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Mink in the wild

                                Mink in the wild

Minks are semi-aquatic and to survive need water in the form of streams or lakes. A mink’s natural living environment is always near water or on wooded banks. Generally they are solitary and inquisitive animals except when they pair off during the mating season.                                                                           mink and baby Mommy and baby

Caged Minks

Due to being kept in overcrowded, unnatural conditions, animals on fur farms go insane, displaying neurotic, stereotypic behaviour. This repetitive, mindless behaviour is not observed in minks in the wild.

There has been controversy about the fate of captive animals who are freed by Animal Liberation Front (ALF).

(see post: https://emynow.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/how-far-is-too-far/ for a discussion on this).

Skeptics say that hundreds of these minks freed from fur farms will not survive.  This photo shows the gentle way these minks are handled and released onto the banks of a river, which is their natural habitat. I found this photo extremely heartwarming. Hope you do as well.                                                                                                                                             mink being freed

Read more on this topic: http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=6666456c8f5e80012cfb18b6f&id=fb2ae9a34b&e=0d5d310de5

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8 Comments

  1. xbox2121 says:

    It was a heart warming photo and a sad story as well

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    • Emy Wilhelm says:

      Thanks for your comment Bob. There is always a sadness around the fur industry, as these wild animals should just be left alone.

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    • ik says:

      May I just add that some posts seem quite reasonable – it did not appear that way when I first was led to your site. I also love animals, in case that is not already clear(!). If necessary please move my post above to a more appropriate thread, and I don’t mean the bin.

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  2. Heather Howe says:

    Why are we not liberating chinchilla and rabbits on farms in SA??

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    • Emy Wilhelm says:

      What an important question, Heather. There is just not radical animal activism in South Africa:( Please look at this previous post, as I would really value your input. https://emynow.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/a-work-in-progress-sharing-some-thoughts/. You always have constructive suggestions.

      I mention in that post that rabbits are now being bred for food and fur is a by-product of that. The only thing that will stop this is if conditions on the farms violate the Animal Protection Act. I have been in contact with NSPCA, but they are overwhelmed at the moment. Please e-mail me any information you have about chinchilla farming. I will pass this on to Smaragda Louw, who is going to follow up on rabbit farms. Again there just so many animal welfare issues in South Africa and not enough people who care. Thank you for caring.

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