This excellent article says it all. Although it focuses on Chinchillas, it can apply to all wild animals bred and factory farmed solely for their fur.
Today is Worldwide Fur Free Friday
When celebrating Worldwide Fur Free Friday, I felt I could not possibly ignore the plight of the long-tailed chinchilla. This little animal has become critically endangered because of man’s actions; a sordid story which can only serve to illustrate, once more, how man’s narcissism and greed has allowed him to put himself before the needs, and, even the most basic rights of, innocent, defenceless beings.
Today there are multitudes of chinchillas kept in captivity, either for the pet trade, for research (specifically the auditory system), or for the fur trade. And, all three are prospering. The fur trade, undoubtedly, being the most despicable of these.
All wild chinchilla species are listed in Appendix 1 of CITES. But, since these captive animals are considered domesticated, they are not protected by CITES provisions (a fact pointed out with tedious regularity by those selling furs…
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We will never give up, until the barbaric fur industry is dead!
You can live without fur, but the animals cannot. Join in any of numerous international or local fur-free Friday events.
Please note that these are not all in alphabetical order, go through each one to determine if there are any available in your location, thank you.
From Facebook’sWorldwide Fur-Free Friday
France, Gurdwara Singh Sabha Bobigny: http://www.facebook.com/events/639406122769345/639480252761932/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity
Ireland, Dublin: Ireland, Dublin: https://www.facebook.com/events/1396374173936720/
Ireland, Drogheda: https://www.facebook.com/events/167442136799833/?notif_t=plan_user_joined
Chile, Santiago: http://www.facebook.com/events/557818967630580/?notif_t=plan_edited
Denmark, Copenhagen: https://www.facebook.com/events/454663471317687
The Netherlands, Amsterdam: https://www.facebook.com/events/235634093266073/?context=create&ref_dashboard_filter=calendar
Canada, Vancouver: Note that several demonstrations will take place also before the WFFF, and on the WFFF date as well.http://www.facebook.com/events/564333290304729/
Canada, Langley, B.C.:
Canada, Montreal : https://www.facebook.com/events/520663441356644/?source=1
Canada, Toronto: https://www.facebook.com/events/170382229829610/
Czech Republic, Prague (269) : https://www.facebook.com/events/385862901544587/
Czech Republic, Prague (Freedom for Animals organization): https://www.facebook.com/events/576702262365274/?fref=ts
Australia, Adelaide: https://www.facebook.com/events/660354877338114/?source=1
Germany, Munich: https://www.facebook.com/events/589158617818242/?source=1
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Philip Wollen (Australian philanthropist) from The Kindness Trust states, “fur farms are gulags of despair; they commit the most heinous of abuses for the most trivial of reasons”(January, 2013).
The global anti-fur movement has arisen in reaction to the senseless fur industry. This movement comprises hundreds of anti-fur organisations, fur free campaigns and petitions. The aim of the anti-fur movement is to educate people about the barbaric nature of the fur trade and ultimately to end fur farming and the trapping of wild animals solely for their pelts.
Worldwide Fur Free Friday (WFFF) is one of the biggest international days of action in the history of animal rights organisations. On a designated day, animal rights organisations, worldwide, gather to educate the public about the cruelty inherent in the fur trade and campaign for the “dissolution of the despicable fur trade” (Jane Halevy – International Anti-Fur Coalition [IAFC]).
I will be joining a group of anti-fur demonstrators in Johannesburg. It will be an evening of mourning, in memory of the thousands of animals who have needlessly been killed for their fur. In my next post I will give feedback on this very emotional event.
Although WFFF was initiated by IAFC in the mid 1980s, its support has grown globally. Last year demonstrations took place in around 200 locations around the world. We will continue this act of solidarity until we are finally heard!
Jane Halevy states, WFFF “is a simultaneous day of action promoting compassion towards animals and encouraging evolution toward the abolishment of the cruel fur industry.” She adds, “Silence is betrayal. We all need to act. Activism should be a rent that everyone should pay to live on this earth.”
If you can’t join an event in person, please be there in spirit.
“The mistreatment of animals is something that just really gets me. I feel it’s really the most important part of what I do. Don’t Eat Meat! Don’t Wear Fur! I mean, there are so many other options these days” ~ PAMELA ANDERSON~ (Hot Spots Magazine, May 19, 2011).
It is a sad reality that celebrities seem to be taken more seriously than us mere people in the street. They also have a huge influence over the public so I am always pleased when they take an anti-fur stand:)
Pamela, now 45 years old, was born in Canada and became vegetarian as a teenager, in reaction to her father hunting. Unlike BB (see post: https://emynow.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/brigitte-bardot-a-woman-of-many-faces/), Pamela has had cosmetic surgery and Pamela is not shy to joke about it. In an interview with Esquire, January 2005 she said, “My breasts have a career. I’m just tagging along” and “Natural beauty takes at least two hours in front of a mirror”.
One of her previous husbands was Tommy Lee, who took part in PeTA’s Ink not mink campaign.
Thank you to all the celebrities who stand up against the barbaric fur trade.
Read more Pamela Anderson quotes at: http://www.notable-quotes.com/a/anderson_pamela.html#gdsKOudFqyAsjJR9.99
Brigitte Bardot (BB), now 79 years old, grew up in an era when the glorious, glowing sun tan was all important, regardless of long-term consequences.
Actually so did I, albeit years later, when sun tanning was actively encouraged. A tan was perceived as healthy. I can only presume the ozone layer was more intact then, which saved us from melanoma.
What has this got to do with fur you might ask? Not much, I’m sorry to say, except that I applaud BB for not giving in to the Botox craze, which entails dreadful experiments on animals. Instead BB gave up stardom 40 years ago to pursue many animal and environmental causes and still does, to this day.
Despite BB’s anti-Muslim sentiments, I admire her commitment to animal rights, where anti-fur is just one cause. Sophia Loren, BB’s contemporary, on the other hand, continues to wear fur garments. On her 75th birthday BB pleaded,
“I wish a happy birthday to Sophia Loren, my splendid twin, and I ask her to stop wearing fur – that is the best gift she could offer me”. BB added that wearing fur is like “… wearing a cemetery on your back”. How true this is!
In support of animal rights I often boldly state, “I will never shop here again”, only to be met with a “tell someone who cares” look. While I may feel better after flouncing out the shop, I know deep down that my statement is not going to make a difference. Now if I could get a whole group of people to boycott a place, that might work. Boycotts, as a form of mass action, are another way of putting pressure on governments and businesses to change a policy or practice.
There must be a significant amount of participants for a boycott to work. This is why I did not even try to organise a boycott of The Firs Retail Centre, where Eric Fischer Furriers is a tenant.
While consumer boycotts played a role in ending apartheid in South Africa, shoppers were not going to give up eating and buying at their favourite mall just because I asked them to.
A success story is the Canadian seafood boycott, which is gaining in momentum.
What’s it all about?
More than 6,000 restaurants and grocery stores, in addition to 800,000 individuals, have joined the Protect Seals boycott of Canadian seafood. This is part of the Humane Society of the United States’ Protect Seals Campaign. To date more than 40 local chefs have joined “Chefs for Seals”. Chefs from other parts of the world are participating by refusing to source seafood from Canada. They are protesting against the cruel practice of bludgeoning and killing seals. This boycott will continue until the annual seal hunt is stopped.
As a consumer you can participate by not buying food products from Canada.
You might well be asking who is Iggy Pop? Well, he is that 66-year-old debauched looking musician seen in PeTA’s campaign against seal clubbing.
This is one approach that PeTA has to its campaigns – getting rough guys to stand up for animal rights.
See previous post: https://emynow.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/male-mink-huggers-not-wimps/
Throughout his music career, Iggy Pop has been labelled, “hell-raising, punk-inventing, drug-abusing, torso-baring, lock-up-your-daughters and rock god“.
Yet now, behind that wild image, is a vegetarian, animal-rights guy and PeTA endorser. In September this year (2013) Iggy Pop and Yoko Ono recorded a song together where all proceeds will benefit Paws 4 You Rescue of Miami.
So it just goes to show. Never judge a book by its cover 🙂