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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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Whether one observes the Christian Easter celebration or not, most people have heard of the iconic Easter bunny.                                  

While many people grew up thinking that the Easter bunny is simply a mythical being that distributes candy, there is more to the story than that.

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Somehow, in a conflation of various myths and ancient practices the Easter bunny (rabbit/hare) kindly brings people chocolate eggs on Easter Sunday. Although we usually associate eggs with chickens, the Easter chicken just never got recognition. It seems that the prolific breeding habits of rabbits earned them a spot on the Easter agenda alongside the symbolism of fertility associated with eggs.
To confuse matters more, these traditions are all to mark the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his resurrection a couple of days later. 
I wonder how many children think of Easter in these religious terms or just see it as a time of a big chocolate binge.
Confectionaries are smiling at this time of the year, as their sales increase from people buying overpriced chocolate bunnies and hollow eggs in colourful wrapping. 
Sadly, though, some see this as an opportunity to buy live bunnies without thinking through the long-term implications of being responsible for another creature’s life. Rather stick to toys rabbits is the strong message that animal welfare organisations put out.Easter bunny                                                                                                                               Even more tragic, is that because rabbits have soft luxurious fur, millions are skinned for their fur. Usually this is just to be a trim on an item of clothing or to make up a trinket.                                           Rabbits and fur 

This is so pointless!    

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4 Comments

  1. megan says:

    If I understood the likely-to-be inaccurate meme I saw on Facebook, Easter was first a pagen holiday named for the goddess Ishtar (pronounced Easter) to encourage fertility. I think her symbols were both a bunny and an egg.
    To add to your point, however, so many bunnies are given as Easter gifts which is a terrible and cruel thing. A life cut so short and lived out in a teeny, tiny cage only being taken out to be man-handled by a 6 year old for a few hours, then forgotten about.

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  2. Emy Will says:

    Thanks so much for your comment, Megan. I have read similar theories. I suppose the link to the resurrection of Christ is the symbolism of rebirth?

    It is so sad that people impulsively buy animals without thinking through the long term implications. These creatures are neglected and then abandoned. Shelters are so full they cannot cope 😥

    All the best, Emy

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  3. cinnabar50 says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with all the points you make about giving children rabbits at Easter. Here in the UK rabbits do not play the same role at Easter and people do not give rabbits as presents. Rabbits or indeed any animal should not be given away as presents, but in particular rabbits as they are so difficult to look after and it is not always easy to know if they’re ill. Of all companion animals rabbits are the least suitable for children. This Easter we had to take our bunny to an out of hour’s vet as he was going into stasis. This was a huge expense that shocked us, as here in the UK out of hours charges are five to even seven times the normal rate according to the time of day. I can well imagine many people leaving a rabbit to suffer until the next day, not right for any animal but with rabbits however they soon go down hill quickly. The bill was a huge shock. I now worry should he need more treatment out of hours. I think anyone who plans on giving home to a rabbit would think very carefully about their responsibility. Such are the implications of looking after a rabbit or indeed any creature and should not be taken lightly. Animals are not toys to give away to children at Easter or at anytime.

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  4. Emy Will says:

    Thanks so much for this Cinnabar, particularly the info about rabbits 🙂

    You are absolutely right, people must take full responsibility for their non-human dependents. One cannot just abandon them because it has become too expensive or too inconvenient. I know that sometimes people get kittens on a whim and then when they scratch furniture etc, are just dumped! This shows a total disregard for another being. Makes me mad 😡

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