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MY BIGGEST WISH: Worldwide Fur-Free Everyday

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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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As you can see from the photograph,  I participated in South Africa’s first Worldwide Fur-Free Friday event on the 29th November 2013.                                                           WFFF

It was a night-time vigil, in memory of the millions of non-human animals who have needlessly died  for human vanity.

Despite it being Summer in South Africa, the evening was cool with the threat of rain and a restless breeze. The moon hid behind somber clouds, which echoed  the mood of the occasion.

Drums were being played and there was a shrine with candles to add to the occasion.                                                                                                                          shrine

Although the group was small, we were moved by the symbolism of the ceremony. Flowers were placed at the  shrine and some of us said a few words, essentially committing to never give up the fight against the despicable fur industry. Although I wish the day for a fur-free world would arrive, I know this won’t happen in my lifetime but at least I will die knowing I made a small contribution.

At a personal level, the occasion represented something deeper for me. When I reflect on my growth as an animal rights activist I can recognise that I have matured.

(See post: https://emynow.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/my-first-anti-fur-protest-a-learning-experience/).

It has been, and still is, a lesson in tenacity and acceptance of my limitations. Yet, as I learn more about the shameful fur trade my determination to end it increases. We will never, never give up!

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3 Comments

  1. ravenskeeper says:

    Reblogged this on Ravens-Tree.com and commented:
    I live in hope of this obscene trad ending.

    Like

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