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FURRY TOYS FOR PETS: You never know

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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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This is  XAVI (Named after a famous Spanish football player) and his new “Happy Holidays”  toy.

XaviXAVI 

Ono, you might groan. Not only has she anthropomorphized her cat so that he has to have good ball skills, but Emy has succumbed to consumerism. Well yes, I have to plead guilty on both accounts.

For an interesting discussion on Vegans and cats check out this post on Lee Hall’s blog @  http://veganplace.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/speaking-of-pets/

However, by buying this plastic toy I know that there is no real fur component. Fur products do not only extend to garments but also form part of the trinket market – furry pet toys included.  PET TOYS 

Anti-fur organisations have done tests – what might appear as synthetic fur could be dyed cat or dog fur, particularly if the toy comes from China. A good test is to burn the fur, as real fur has a distinctive smell of hair. This might not go down well in your local pet shop so it is important to always ask from where something is sourced. To be on the safe side, rather don’t buy furry pet toys!  For cats, there are great fabric toys often filled with catnip. I know my cats only stay with us for the catnip 😀

Oh no, another misdemeanour – encouraging catnip addiction. 

Please sign the following petition:

Ban fur trinkets:

http://www.change.org/petitions/etsy-ban-grisly-fur-trinkets#share

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11 Comments

  1. PigLove says:

    That is so cool. I think the purr things here at the Hotel Thompson would love it and hopefully keep them entertained for hours…. XOXO – Bacon

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  2. Nancy says:

    Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".

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  3. Lee Hall says:

    Fur, and also suede, feathers on cat toys… all strike me with a queasy irony. Thanks, Emy, for increasing awareness. Will share this with others. Hola, Xavi.

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  4. Pet toys and the arts and crafts industry make profuse use of fur, leather, suede, bristles, hairs and feathers. Two places to watch out and opt for humane and easily available alternatives. I make my own toys for my kitties with recycled materials 🙂

    Xavi, you are a beautiful gatito (kitty), love your name!. ♥

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    • Emy Will says:

      Thank you for the info, Carmen. I think I will do a more comprehensive post including what you have said and adding other ways to know real from fake. It is remarkable how many people still don’t realize how items are mislabeled! Fortunately cats are amused by so many things. I think the toy was really for me 😉

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