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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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I am in London!

Although a popular tourist attraction, I definitely will not be admiring the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.

Why not?

Because in the name of pomp and ceremony these guards each wear a Canadian Black Bear on their heads.

A petition against this can be found @ http://forcechange.com/29114/stop-killing-black-bears-for-royal-guards-fur-caps/#gf_15

Image: Grenadier Guards

The standard bearskin headgear of the British Foot Guards is “18 inches tall, weighs 1.5 pounds”. The entire skin of a Canadian Black Bear is used for each hat.

The British Army purchase the hats, from a British hatmaker who sources the skins from an international auction. The hatmakers purchase between 50 and 100 black bear skins each year at a cost of about £650 each.

Bears are not farmed but are baited and killed by Canadian hunters, who then supply the auction houses with bear pelts.

killed bearPsychopaths bears   Mommy bear with her babies.

Needless to say, I would rather these guards went bare-headed than clung to this cruel and antiquated tradition.

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11 Comments

  1. Carol says:

    Horrified horrifying horrendous shocking – when will this stop????

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Dr. Rex says:

    Love this post for the info it provides. Didn’t know … thanks for educating me. Your top photo doesn’t show … missing. Can you fix it? Hugs ….

    Liked by 1 person

  3. ravenskeeper says:

    Reblogged this on Ravens-Tree.com and commented:
    As the Oracle in the Matrix said “some things change and some things don’t”; this is one of the things that SHOULD change!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Emy Will says:

      And can change, Ravenskeeper, if humans cared enough. If only people would take the red pill and wake up to the truth!!!
      Thank you for the insightful comment and reblog .
      Best wishes,
      Emy xxx

      Like

  4. Again . . . tradition.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Emy Will says:

      Yes (sigh). Tradition is the response to so much senseless behavior when no one really has a sensible answer. People can be so mindless and cruel – to each other as well – in the name of tradition.

      Like

  5. Adam Hughes says:

    Reblogged this on Freedom For Cetaceans.

    Liked by 1 person

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