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RUSSIA: Way behind on animal protection

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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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PETA - PETA.org.uk  (2014)

A Message to Moscow: Throw Fur Out!

Many countries are slow to put animal protection law on the agenda. However, Russia is actively going backwards on this issue! According Mikhail Novikov, who lives in Russia, the Parliament of the Russian Federation officially condones the regime of killing of animals. Every year, officials of the Russian Federation kill more than 700 thousand homeless animals by the cheapest and cruelest methods. There are no attempts to implement sterilisation schemes to address the problem of these strays. The government remains indifferent to pleas from animal rights activists, even now with the world’s attention on Russia.

Russia dog killing

The 2014 winter Olympics is being held in the city of Sochi, southern Russia.

Close to Sochi is Pyatigorsk, which has a huge fur industry. Although China is currently the world’s largest producer of fur, there is a high demand for fur items in Russia. So PeTA has stepped in with their anti-fur campaign.

Billboards have gone up across Moscow, each one graphically illustrating how many animals are killed just to make one fur coat.

Moscow Mink PETA Moscow mink billboard with Olga Shelest Olga Shelest, model and TV presenter (who is also vegan) is the face of the campaign. She states,“My philosophy is to live my life without leaving a blood imprint on this planet. I will never wear fur, because it’s made from someone, not something.” We can only hope that The Russian government will catch up with the international trend to ban fur. Please, wherever you can, put pressure on the Russian government to change its attitudes towards non-human animals!  Here are two petitions for these voiceless beings:

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12 Comments

  1. […] (2014) A Message to Moscow: Throw Fur Out! Many countries are slow to put animal protection law on the agenda. However, Russia is actively going backwards on this issue! According Mikhail Novikov…  […]

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  2. For example USA, even with human life…

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    • Emy Will says:

      … and many other places superduque777. Sometimes I wonder if humans have the right to call themselves civilised.

      Thanks for joining the discussion. All the best.

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  3. Kudos to Olga Shelest and PeTa for trying to make change in a country so detrimental to animals and to you for blogging about it.

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    • Emy Will says:

      Thank you Carina for everything. It is a sad reality but celebrities are taken more seriously than us people in the street 😉

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      • I hear you! Although it’s a shame people listen to celebs more as if their words have more bearing than yours or mine. Another thing that really ticks me off are when tourists going abroad on holiday buy in to schemes like fx the Tiger Temple in Thailand or dancing bears in many countries as well as “Walking with Lions” in Africa to name only a few…

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  4. […] grabbed the opportunity at the Sochi Winter Olympics to protest against the barbaric fur trade (https://emynow.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/russia-way-behind-on-animal-protection). Kudos to PeTA for using the clever slogan “champions don’t wear fur!” As part […]

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  5. Nancy says:

    Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD" and commented:
    ✴✳✴Please Sign the Petition✴✳✴

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