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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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Brazil and chinchillasMad chin

Chinchillas are naturally found in rocky crevices and can jump as high as one meter. They need to be active and hence suffer intensely when bred on farms for their fur.

On fur farms everything is aimed to reap maximum profit. There is no regard for the animals’ well-being, as they are merely seen as raw material waiting to be harvested (killed). They are routinely confined to small, wire-mesh cages and kept in a battery style system. With several animals in a cage there is barely room to move let alone space for activity.

On fur farms Chinchillas will never jump or play. 

It was a lucky day for a few of these innocent creatures when PeTA learned that a chinchilla breeder in California was planning on electrocuting hundreds of animals if she couldn’t sell her business.

Here is a video of a discussion with this farmer.


 On a previous post @ https://emynow.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/a-compassionate-move-thank-you-sam-simon/ I mentioned that PeTA, with the help of patron Sam Simon, saved every single animal.

These are Simon’s compassionate words to the chinchillas,

“This is your last day of abuse,” … This is your first day of freedom”.

 Many people wondered what PeTA was going to do with more than 400 chinchillas. Some anti-PeTA folk said that Peta would just “euthanize” these creatures.

 So it was very reassuring when my dear blogger friend Peter Schreiner from  crowsheadsoup.com sent me the following report ~ Operation Chinchilla.


San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

stepped in and made arrangements to “admit and care for all of the chinchillas in spite of the significant impact on resources, space, and personnel”.

 More good news is, according to Fur Free Retailer (June 2014),  the last chinchilla farm in Sweden has to close down on the grounds of poor animal welfare conditions. I hope this happens!

Fur Free Retailer logo

brazil ed.xmlSadly, though, the torture doesn’t end.



  1. Chris says:

    How any human can feel it is justified to wear a garment that results from the death of 200 sentient beings is astonishing.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. A victory it is, but the last picture . . . what heartless manner of men there are.

    Your work Emy to expose this cruelty is at the height of praiseworthy, I know the animals thank you, and I thank you.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. John says:

    The chinchillas are cuter than buttons but my favorite pet was a rat I named . . . well . . . “Benny.” I miss him. He was so loving and sweet.

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    • Emy Will says:

      Hi John. Thank you for sharing that. It is so sad that people just think of rats as “lab rats” to be experimented on and then disposed of.
      Benny was one of the lucky few ~ I sure he had a wonderful life. I wish our nonhuman companions lived for longer, as they become part of the family and are sorely missed when they pass on.
      Best wishes,

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  4. cinnabar50 says:

    Wonderful news about the chinchillas. I can’t begin to imagine how anyone could even think about electrocuting hundreds of them. How cruel, poor creatures. What a cold and callous person she must be to do such a thing. I can never understand how anyone could kill these tiny defenceless animals for fur and of course for profit. Sadly some people will do just about anything for money. We live in a sick world. But thankfully there are still people such as you who care about animals.

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    • Emy Will says:

      I took the courage to watch PeTA’s video and yes this woman is cold and callous. She somehow convinced herself that chinchillas don’t feel pain !!! How sick is that?

      Thank you cinnabar for also caring ❤


  5. ravenskeeper says:

    Reblogged this on Ravens-Tree.com and commented:
    Thankfully these dear sweet creatures have been saved; but how many suffered and died for vanity and profit before them? And how many more atrocities are still being inflicted on others still awaiting their fate? Sadly too many, as even one is one too many. While death (harvesting!) is inflicted on these poor creatures in the most callous and harrowing way – many being skinned alive, this barbaric industry still continues in this the 21st century! And worse than that are the people who keep this trade flourishing by buying fur products in any form. Shame on you all for you vanity, greed, and cold callous hearts, and those who have the power to change the law and don’t. May God forgive you for I certainly won’t.

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    • Emy Will says:

      Absolutely ravenskeeper. Sadly, as long as there is a demand there will be a supply 😥

      We must never give up exposing this abhorrent industry.

      Thank you for sharing.


  6. Cj aka Elderofzyklons Blog says:

    Reblogged this on ElderofZyklon's Blog!.


  7. Lee Hall says:

    Thank you. Emy, for your piece with its context: Chinchillas, but for this exploitive trade, live free in their rocky crevices; so to end the fur trade is, essentially, to extend to them their birthright of freedom.

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    • Emy Will says:

      Hey Lee. Always nice to hear from you 😀
      It looks like you have been very busy with vegan related matters.
      I just love the idea of a vegan festival that promotes all things vegan and not just food.
      Sadly, I live in a country where National Braai (barbeque) Day is a public holiday and everyone swops meat recipes.

      However, the vegan movement is growing here and more vegan options are appearing in shops.

      Cyber hug { },


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