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PLEASE: That “cutie” is not a soft toy!

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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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cat and dogIn countries with  no animal protection laws,  furry companions such as dogs and cats are skinned for their fur 😦

Still on the topic of dogs and cats, “ADOPT DON’T SHOP”  is another cause that I strongly support. So I was happy to give up a morning of being a couch potato to protest and irritate the owner of “Our pets”.   From this  > couch potato - an idler who spends much time on a couch (usually watching television)                                                                                  To this  > adopt don't shop protest

 “Our Pets” sells live animals and most likely sources his puppies from puppy mills. Puppy mills are a way of making easy money for unethical people. To cut costs the animals are often kept in appalling conditions. A female dog is forced to endlessly produce puppies, compromising her health and causing her premature death. It is a life of misery!           You might be wondering why I am raising this issue at a time when us humans are meant to be festive and display goodwill to others?                                            

ballsWell, I have two concerns:

1)  This is the time of the year when heartless people abandon pets because it is too much trouble to look after them over the holiday period. Shelters are full to capacity and many of these animals are needlessly killed by under-resourced shelters.   2) Then there is the issue of giving animals as gifts. Frequently parents, eager to see a smile on their child’s face, will buy animals on a whim without thinking about the long-term responsibility of caring for another life. Often the sad reality is that after the festive season, when the novelty has worn off, these animals are discarded.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ~   I AM NOT A SOFT TOY  ~  

Ban Animal Trading South Africa encourages people to  not give an animal as a gift  because  it can send the  message that animals are commodities and therefore ‘disposable’. 

Giving any type of live animal as a present is just not a good idea, as animal shelters are filled with animals they can’t re-home. However, if you are absolutely ready to care for another creature for the rest of his/her life, then please ADOPT from a shelter. Don’t buy from a pet shop, as it just encourages trading animals as commodities.

Related articles:

– Abandoned pet numbers rising (thisnews.co.uk)

– Puppy Mills Facts (mademan.com)

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12 Comments

  1. Adam Hughes says:

    So very cute.

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  2. I heard on NPR this morning that fur is back in fashion, not just in Russia and other EU countries but also in the USA. We are once again losing this battle. Designers are making fur fashionable.

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  3. Emy Wilhelm says:

    Hi Susan. AAarrgh – a non-silent scream! Yes, I am also hearing this from a range of people. Did you see my post ?https://emynow.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/who-sets-the-trend-heartless-designers/

    The more I read about this abhorrent industry, the more determined I am to never stop fighting. It won’t change in my lifetime but at least I know I tried. We must raise awareness wherever we can! Thanks for caring.

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  4. I have nominated you for an award. If you do not accept awards – no problem. Simply interpret this as my admiration for your tireless work and sharing your wonderful posts with us all. ~ Carina 🙂
    http://telania.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/i-humbly-accept-the-following-award-nomination/

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