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SHEARED MINK: Sheer torture


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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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According to the Canadian fur co., “mink becomes sheared mink when the more-coarse guard-hair is sheared away leaving only the softer under-fur. Sheared mink then looks and feels like velvet”.

WORDS FAIL ME! Surely if you like velvet then wear velvet, which is made from natural fibres.

sheared mink

What Canadian fur co. fails to mention is that it is not the live mink that is sheared but the resultant fur coat, which is made up of the skins of many dead minks.

2oo minks

Before being gassed to death these desperate creatures live a life of misery. There is nothing natural about the life cycle of a mink on a fur farm.

They are born in captivity.   

Kept in tiny metal cages.           

mink for campaign 

Due to being kept in overcrowded, dirty, small metal cages, these creatures go insane, displaying neurotic stereotypic behaviour.

These repetitive, mindless actions are not observed in minks in the wild.

 Caged Minks                                                                                                

If the ammonia from accumulated faeces of the animals is not cleaned up, it will cause their eyes or lungs to burn.                                                                                                          


In frustration they bite each other or even self- mutilate. biting minks

To increase the profit margin, the cheapest possible methods are used for killing fur-bearing animals.

To preserve the pelts, minks are routinely gassed. Gas (Carbon Dioxide CO2) boxes are used on mink farms where 30 to 50 minks are shoved into one box (see below). Although 100% carbon dioxide induces unconsciousness rapidly, lower concentrations are far less effective. For example, 70% CO2 fail to kill in less than 15 minutes. Often these mink are still alive when skinned.

gas boxgassing method

In the wild, mink are semi-aquatic and need water in the form of streams or lakes. They enjoy wooded banks. Generally they are solitary and inquisitive beings except when they pair off to breed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mink in nature Living and dying on a fur farm is sheer torture for minks.



  1. Oh Emy, it’s horrific. What measure of man perpetuate such atrocities against one weaker than he? You’re right. Words fail.

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  2. heartical says:

    This is just too sad…even the brave ones who break into these torture chambers and set them free aren’t really helping in the long run (though they mean well) as they disturb the balance of the indigenous wildlife like in the Uk and Ireland. 😦 Thank you for the good work you are doing Emy. ♥

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    • Emy Will says:

      Heartfelt thanks heartical ❤ . I know what ALF does is a controversial issue. I suppose people just become desperate when more passive protests fall on deaf ears. Maybe one day the message will get through and there will be no more fur farms- sadly, not in my lifetime.

      Best wishes.

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  3. Dr. Rex says:

    I have no words ….. 😦

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Warning … graphic pictures! I have no words! Never have & never will wear mink!! NEVER ….

    Liked by 1 person

  5. This is awful. We have to stop buying this apparel!

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  6. Stacey says:

    Can I swear on your blog? Because I have no other words. 😦 I hate this industry and their horrific ways.

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    • Emy Will says:

      Swear as much as you like, Stacey. People associated with this industry are the lowest of the low. Trying to con the youth is totally immoral!!!!
      Take care – the animals need people like you.

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  7. Rajiv says:

    Sheeee. this is awful. All this torture to feed our ego?

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