My anti-fur campaign has been reported in the news, as seen below.
[To avoid confusion: Emy (M.E.) is my nickname and the name most people know me by 🙂 My official name is Dr Margaret Wilhelm]
Fur flies in animal rights debate
Cape Town – There has been a heated response to Fin24’s article Fur fury over Investec tenant, with users on both sides of the fence sending in their comments thick and fast.
“Fur belongs to the rightful owner – the animal who was born with it! Who are we to steal it from them – and that just for vanity sake. It’s a despicable trade and fashion, to say the least.”
Erwin’s opinion is short and sweet: “We live in modern times. Down with fur!” Beatriz is equally to the point: “BAN FUR INDUSTRY!!!”
Elaine is a vociferous animal rights supporter: “I am strongly opposed to the killing of animals for their fur. I will never condone the wearing of real fur. Fake fur will be good enough for me.”
Pam raises the matter of ethics: “I do believe it is a very amoral thing to use the skin of animals for clothing of humans. Besides that, the farms where these animals live are in many times very bad places for animals.
They see the animals not as souls like ours but they just mean MONEY!”
User Anastasia was appalled to discover the location of Fischer’s shop: “I am an animal lover and would like to state that I am horrified that such a shop exists so close to where I live! I am completely against the fur trade!
“How anyone can make a living off the pain of another living being is beyond comprehension. There are not enough decent adjectives to describe how I feel about this.
“I will gladly join the activists outside this shop in protest.”
But not everyone agrees. Although in the minority, there are some who feel fur is a trivial issue compared to more pressing global issues.
Says Yvonne: “The world is burning but people are battling with ‘fur’ or ‘No fur’. Is it not about time to try and solve more important issues, for example the Ebola epidemic?”
Tanja also makes no secret of her stance. She says: “I’m with Fischer all the way. The market for fur in SA is minute, but if customers want to buy fur, let them.” She feels it is unfair to “victimise the last remaining fur trader in Africa”, and says “Investec shouldn’t bow to the pressure”.
Lunga feels there is no such thing as bad publicity, and adds “now I know we have a fur store in SA. Thanks Doc, I think there are more pressing issues that need doctors than worrying who sells fur and who doesn’t.”
Another anonymous user writes: “It’s amazing how we go on and on about fur when the same people eat beef, mutton and chicken. Those animals get killed as well for consumption by human kind.
“If those ‘activists’ are for animals not being killed, I would expect them to be vegetarians but I doubt 10% of them are vegetarians.
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