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RIGHTS ACROSS THE AGES: Worth fighting for


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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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To those who say that I am wasting my time.

Every right has been won by dedication, conviction and hard work:




  1. We are the vanguard, it’s true. And our ranks are growing faster than I thought they would. But this fight is going to be somewhat more difficult than gay rights, the right of women to vote, human rights, and black slavery. For one, no one ever wore or ate black men, as a general or accepted practice. If they had, they would still be slaves today; butchered, packaged, and displayed in the meat section of your local grocer.

    Thank you, Emy for keeping on the good fight.


    • Emy Will says:

      Thanks, Peter, for your comment. I think the issue with slavery is about ownership and property. Slaves were abused and discarded if they didn’t meet a certain grade. On the ships they were packed and chained like factory farmed beings – many dying in their own body secretions. Slaves were often worked to death on the sugar plantations in the Caribbean. I have just finished a book “Bury the Chains”, which documents these horrors. What I liked most about the book, though, was how the abolitionists started off as a small group of activists in the face of opposition. It took decades to finally ban slavery!

      You are a true warrior Peter – always speaking out and challenging. I admire that.


  2. Nancy says:

    In the words of Martin Luther King ~ We Shall Overcome ~


  3. Nancy says:

    Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".


  4. It may take a long time, Emy, but I think we are getting a little closer every day. This is one of the few times you could call the internet a blessing. More and more are becoming aware of the many challenges animals face in this world. Although there are those who understand and continue to use and abuse animals regardless, I feel there are many who simply don’t realise just how the food gets on to their plates, or how the fur which ends up keeping them warm, instead of the rightful owners, is actually produced. We all need to keep at it until they hear what we are saying. Although dear Peter does have a point, I have just been reading a blog where shockingly, and it is supposedly fully documented, black babies and toddlers were stolen from slaves whilst they worked, partially skinned, tied up and used as alligator bait. It is truly amazing what man is capable of. But, if we can move forward from that sort of barbaric behaviour, and we have moved a very long way from it, we can achieve much in other areas of life.
    Keep up the great work, Emy 🙂


  5. Emy Will says:

    Thank you so much, Amelia, for your encouraging and insightful words. You are so right about the internet as a tool for raising awareness and connecting across the globe. Isn’t that what we are doing right now?
    Did you see my reply to Peter? I have just read a book “Bury the Chains” about the slave trade in the Caribbean – far more brutal than that in America.
    As many animals are today, slaves were regarded as property to be used and abused, with no legal protection. With the persistence of a few dedicated people, opposition to slavery grew. Hopefully this will happen when people start seeing animals as sentient beings and not objects.

    On a different issue I read that you were in south Africa at some point? I’d be interested to know where.

    Warm wishes, Emy


    • I agree; some of the most significant changes in history have been brought about by the few. Sometimes it is like pushing a boulder uphill, but I feel we will get there in the end.
      To your other question: I lived for six years in Johannesburg, in the suburb of Bryanston. I also lived, for one summer, in an apartment in Sea Point, Cape Town. It was wonderful waking up and seeing the ocean every morning. You have a very beautiful country, Emy. I miss it! 🙂


      • Emy Will says:

        I love you optimism Amelia:) I’m sorry you are not still living in SA. We could have met for tea.
        You are right about a few dedicated people bringing about change, even if this does not happen in their life-time. I watched that video about feeding slave children to alligators – it was chilling! Things can and do change.


      • To meet for tea! That would have been nice 🙂 Yep! – change will come one day, Emy, and we’ll keep up the good fight until it does, my friend 🙂


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