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# FEEL FREE FRIDAY ~ 2

  HIGH FIVE TO EVERY PERSON WHO DOES NOT SUPPORT THE FUR TRADE!

Photo of Bob the cat & James Bowen 

 

Thank you to my sister who sent me this heartwarming story about two beings who rescued each other.  Read the full story @ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227639/James-Bowen-Best-selling-true-story-busker-got-life-track-thanks-stray-cat-film.html

Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who live and die in captivity 

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FRANCIS: Saint and Pope

 St Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animalsiFrancis of Assisi

As mentioned in my previous post, many Christians celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4   @ https://emynow.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/world-animal-day-2014/ 

To honour this day, people accompanied by a procession of animals participate in a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets.

As you probably know, the new Pope, born Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina, is the first Pope to choose as his namesake Francis of Assisi, the 13th century patron saint of the poor. 

TIME magazine was so impressed with the humility and emphasis on the poor shown by Pope Francis that it named him Person of the year (2013).

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Pope Francis also publicly patted a guide dog, which is not considered ceremonial in the Vatican. 

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Hopefully this will not be the first and last public act of kindness shown towards animals by Pope Francis.

Sadly, though, it is traditional for the Pope to wear fur.

Pope Benedict XVI wore a red velvet hat trimmed with white ermine fur.

This type of hat was commonly worn by popes in the medieval period to keep their heads warm during winter.

For special occasions a red velvet , ermine-trimmed cape called a mozetta should be worn. Pope Benedict wore this type of cloak.                                                            pope in fur

This is an ermine in the wild.                                                                                                                                                                                             ermine-in-the-wild.jpg

Millions of  ermine are bred and farmed under horrendous conditions just to be fur trim. This is cruel and unnecessary.  

Pope Francis has shunned Vatican tradition in favour of a simpler life style. 

Although it was stated in the name of humility, he said that “ Solid gold rings, velvet capes and ermine furs are out”. 

See link:  http://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/style/fashion/pope-francis-shakes-up-vatican-fashion-1.1488818#.UguSpZJgeVJ.

There was even a petition to Pope Francis requesting that he stop wearing fur. This petition is now closed.

There are, however, other animal rights petitions addressed to Pope Francis in the hope that he will live up to his namesake, Francis of Assisi.

These petitions are below:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/279/840/894/tell-the-pope-to-stop-releasing-peace-doves/?z00m=20719014#next_action

https://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/urge-pope-francis-to-declare-himself-a-vegetarian-1

 http://www.change.org/p/pope-francis-denounce-the-south-korean-dog-and-cat-meat-industry-교황-프란치스코-한국의-개와-고양이-식용-산업을-공개적으로-비난하여-주십시오

 

Icon by Robert Lentz, O.F.M.

# FEEL FREE FRIDAY ~ 1

Dear Friends,

As the author of a blog that usually presents the darker, cruel  side of human nature, I have decided that every Friday I will do a happier post on nonhuman animals  ~ hence the title.

The “Feel Free” part is an invitation to people, who want to see other species free from suffering, to contribute to this endeavour.

It will be known as the Feel Free Friday posts, dedicated to all creatures who have lived and died in misery because of human exploitation.

My only request is that we keep it to Fridays and stick to the theme of nonhuman beings enjoying their freedom.

The posts will also be a reminder to always appreciate and feel our own freedom from captivity.

So here is the First “Feel Free Friday” post on this blog.

Cassie is my three-legged feline dependent.

This is what she thinks about people who wear animal fur.

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WHEN WILL THIS MADNESS END?

This time the culprit is BURBERRY, a well-known brand in the world of fashion.

BURBERRY is an international company.

However, behind Burberry’s traditional image trademark of “check design clothing” is an increasing number of items made from real animal fur.

We must keep up the pressure on these shops. Here are two petitions that can be signed.

http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=1809

https://help.four-paws.org/en/call-burberry-be-fur-free 

Kimi zal sterven voor Burberry! #savekimi

Here is the link to CAFT’s UK campaign against Burberry.

http://www.caft.org.uk/burberry/

 

PETITION TO HARVEY NICHOLS

Words taken from the petition below:

Department store Harvey Nichols has gone back on their fur free policy from 2004 and started selling real fur again. A simple browse through their online shop shows that they are using rabbits, minks, foxes, raccoons and coyotes. They claim that they are only using fur that is ‘ethically sourced and humanely farmed’. Fur is cruel no matter how you obtain it. They also sell faux fur so there is no reason for them to be selling real fur.

Please click on this link to go to the petition.

http://www.change.org/p/harvey-nichols-reinstate-your-previous-fur-free-policy

 

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HARVEY NICHOLS: Still in the CAVE AGE

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220px-Harvey_Nichols_2Harvey Nichols,an English luxury department store chain, was founded in 1931.

 It sells fashion items for women and men, fashion accessories, beauty products, wine and food.

After 10 years of being fur free, in September 2013, Harvey Nichols resumed the sale of fur in its United Kingdom stores.

To me, this is going backwards in time and morality. 

Despite the outcry about the cruel fur industry, the company insisted its furs are “ethically sourced” from reputable suppliers.

A Canadian company who supply coyote furs to Harvey Nichols has also publicly disclosed a statement admitting capturing the animals from the wild in leg-hold traps.

leg hold trapThere is nothing “humane” about a leg-hold trap.

The Daily Mail, January 2014, published an article  pointing out that the coyotes can be “in pain for days”.

Harvey Nichols coyote flogBaby coyotes are orphaned.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) elaborated:

“Mother animals will chew off their limbs in order to get back to their young. The trapped animal might be there for days before the trapper comes and finds them, they are frightened and starving and in pain during that time. And then they’re bludgeoned or strangled to death or shot.”

Harvey NicholsOR E-MAIL HARVEY NICHOLS TO LET IT KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT SELLING ANIMAL FUR!

 

In loving memory

I found this beautiful tribute to all the animals needlessly killed for their fur.
The blogger, Linda, lives in Finland where SAGA furs, the second biggest fur auction house, is based. Horrific conditions were recently discovered on fur farms in Finland, certified by Saga Furs. This confirms evidence from Norwegian animal rights group, Network for Animal Freedom, whose inspections too revealed that these “assurance” farms are disgusting.
THESE ARE THE FARMS FROM WHERE SOUTH AFRICAN FURRIERS SOURCE THEIR PELTS!
Thank you Linda for caring ❤

"Veganjävel"

Today is World Animal Day, a day to remember all the animals in our world; those we call our friends as well as those who have fallen victim for our use in any form.

In several different cities around Finland, Animalia’s local groups organize events where people can light candles in memory of the four million animals that are killed for their fur here every year. Here in Helsinki the event will be held in Kaisaniemi park between 6 and 8 pm. If you have the possibility, feel free to join.

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I will not be able to go to the event, but I have lit a candle here in my home in memory of all the animals that have suffered and died for our sake. They deserve at least that.

I hope that this could be a day when we reconsider our relationship towards animals, not just towards the animals…

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MAX: Street-wise

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MAX AND HIS HUMAN

When I was in the UK recently, I frequently observed a destitute person “begging” with his or her dog.

I realise sometimes this is a ploy to gain sympathy from people like me. In South Africa the destitute “use” babies and blind people to get sympathy from people other than myself.

However, this twosome caught my eye, as the man genuinely seems to care about MAX, his dog.

I never did find out the name of Max’s human  

 max

LET US NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THE SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS AMONG SO MUCH SUFFERING IN THIS WORLD.

HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND !

NOT A SOLUTION!!

This was in my e-mail box this morning ~ the content of which left me speechless!

I just do NOT understand the logic of the action which this petition is opposing. Please read and sign if you agree.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/391/794/387/?z00m=22208177&redirectID=1489459547

Tell South Africa’s Kruger National Park to Stop Its Rhino Sale

Tell South Africa's Kruger National Park to Stop Its Rhino Sale

Am I losing the plot or are they?

 

 

ORPHANED FOR A TRINKET

A moment for you, might mean a lifetime for her:

Please sign:

https://takeaction.takepart.com/actions/stand-strong-for-elephants?cmpid=tp-fb

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