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.
The following information about perfume is from these articles: – http://www.care2.com/causes/5-repulsive-ingredients-in-your-perfume-or-cologne.html#ixzz2uQm3vRol – http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/dec/06/perfume-ingredientsWhat I read seems so absurd that it is hard to believe. Fortunately today most of these pungent animal scents come in synthetic form. So why am I fuming? Well why did innocent animals have to be exploited in the first instance? 1. Faeces extracted from civet cats’ anal glands, called “civet” is used in certain perfumes. The World Society for the Protection of Animals has investigated civet harvesting and found, “the animals are kept in tiny cages for years. Every few days the keepers scrape the civet out of the anal sacs – a painful procedure”. The WSPA reports that Chanel, Cartier, and Lancome have all “admitted to using civet in their products”. 2. And if that is not bad enough, the rich are now using coffee beans extracted from civet droppings. As with the fur trade, these wild animals are farmed in disgusting conditions purely for this product. This is currently a huge industry! Read more @ http://world.time.com/2013/10/02/the-worlds-most-expensive-coffee-is-a-cruel-cynical-scam/3. Castoreum, is a leathery emission from the genital scent sacs of the castor beaver. Both male and female beavers possess a pair of castor sacs and a pair of anal glands located in two cavities under the skin between the pelvis and the base of the tail. The beavers are usually trapped and killed and when skinned for their fur, these glands are taken out. Due to the castoreum and fur trades the European Beavers were nearly hunted to extinction. 4. Ambergris is a by-product of the digestive system of endangered sperm whales. This briny and vomitous substance comes from their “diseased stomachs” – either puked or pooped out. It is worth a lot of money and the genuine article is STILL valued in perfumes.5. Musk, a sexual secretion, comes from the gland of a male musk deer. Due to hunting and habitat destruction this species is near extinction. Consequently, musk is worth “3-4 times its weight in gold”.Please read Amelia’s interesting and comprehensive post on the musk deer @ http://mungaiandthegoaconstrictor.me/2014/01/22/fast-fact-attack-endangered-species-no-100-the-siberian-musk-deer/Of course the human race is nowhere near extinction but continues to plunder the earth’s fauna and flora for its own gratification.