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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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 A big thank you to my cyber friend Aina Nikita Leirstrand from Oslo, Norway for telling me about  Felix Pub & Scene.                                                                    Felix Pub and Scene 

As the name indicates, this pub is for cool people to hang out in, drink good beer and listen to alternative music. You will find it in Lillehammer, a town that  gained international fame after hosting the 1994 Winter Olympic Games.  The temperatures are icy here and Canada Goose jackets are popular.

What makes Felix Pub & Scene extra special is that it has taken a stand against Canada Goose, a company that makes quilted jackets stuffed with DUCK DOWN FEATHERS.  The ruff is COYOTE FUR. Read more @   http://www.examiner.com/article/do-not-support-canada-goose                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber Parka Womens Jacket (7950L-Blue)

Felix Pub & Scene has instituted a ban on Canada Goose jackets. It has put up posters stating, “Don’t clothe yourself in animal suffering!” under a crossed-out Canada Goose logo. “If you’re wearing Canada Goose, you’re not coming in!”

So why are Canada Goose jackets cruel?

There are no coyote fur farms in Canada.  The coyotes are trapped in the wild in the most brutal ways.                                                                                                                                                                

Down feathers are the soft feathers closest to the flesh of the ducks or geese. These ducks are kept in horrendous conditions and then plucked while still alive, until their flesh is raw.

foi gras                              

The general manager of Felix Pub & Scene is Melina Naess Nilsen.  When I checked out her face book page, the message

 ugly was there.

Hopefully the next step will be to ban all fur . 

Norway is in the process of considering a total ban on fur farming. This is due to the findings of investigations of more than 150 Norwegian fur farms held in 2008, 2009 and 2012 by activists of Nettwerk for Dyrs Frihet . They revealed the despicable conditions in which these fur animals were bred and killed. There was a strong reaction after the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation showed this widespread abuse of animals in the fur industry.  Several fur farms were immediately closed down by authorities. For more about the investigations, see  www.forbypels.no/english. Consequently, a ministerial committee is  evaluating whether the fur industry should be banned in Norway (2012).

These results should have been released last year (2013), so we are still waiting!

Put pressure on Norway, I say, to follow through on banning all fur farms!

 

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3 Comments

  1. Lee Hall says:

    Interesting, Emy. A ban of fur farming would be helpful to defend fur-bearing animals; and yet the ones in habitat or imported would still proliferate unless people make their own stands. Good on this club! I’d assume they have leaflets available about all kinds of use and why it’s all problematic, given that they think deeply enough to renounce coyote hair (and goose down?).

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  2. Emy Will says:

    You are absolutely right, Lee. As long as there is a demand there will be a supply. What I like about this stand taken by Felix Pub and Scene is that it targets the wearers of these jackets. In other words it is the consumer who must make the ethical choice. The posters put up in the town state “don’t clothe yourself in animal suffering”. Lots of tourists go to this town and the message might influence some of them.
    It is the citizens of Norway who want a ban on fur farming. This shows a general anti-fur attitude that might extend to never wearing fur. It makes people think about the rights for all animals and so the ethos changes.

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