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WORLD ANIMAL DAY ~ 2014

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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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World Animal Day is held annually on October 4th to coincide with the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. It has become a global day of action for animal rights and welfare.

It is a day when compassionate people put their differences aside and unite to be the voice for other species.

ANIMALS MATTER TO AFRICA, Cape Town sums it up nicely:

Every Animal Protection Organisation, every activist, and every individual who cares about animals, will come together to March on this day for creatures great and small. Their mission, to call on the United Nations to:

• Adopt the Universal Declaration of Animal Welfare (UDAW).
Formally recognising that:
o Animals are sentient – they can suffer and feel pain
o Animals’ welfare must be respected and protected
o Animal cruelty must end for good.
• Officially proclaim 4 October as World Animal Day.
• Specifically include animal welfare and wildlife protection in the post-2015 development agenda. 

The message is that ALL nonhuman animals are sentient and should not suffer in any way at the hands of humans.                                                       Animals matter 1Marches took place in all the major South African cities. Some were organised by Animals Matter to Africa. According to Heather Howe, in  Cape Town  “300 people marched to parliament to hand over a memo to MP, which requested improved legislation for animal care” (read more about Heather @ https://emynow.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/instil-compassion-in-children/ ).  

The Animals Matter to Africa procession in Cape Town. 

Zimbabwe, an African country where poaching for ivory is rife, also came on board.

Globally, other groups marched  in protest against the ivory trade – a scourge on this planet. Marching for lions was included, as canned hunting is another blight on humankind.

In 136 cities worldwide, memos were handed over to various embassies, demanding that something be done to end wild life trafficking.

Dex Kotze – conservationist and anti-Rhino poaching activist – organised the march in Johannesburg. He was also one of the celebrities who took part in the fur-free fashion show in Johannesburg. 

                                                            Dex Kotze

This excellent video of Johannesburg’s march for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions shows the day’s event ( filmed by Dani Malan).

http://youtu.be/c64-dOx6ne0

I was fortunate to be part of the wet and cold London march for Elephants and Rhinos.

ivory ivory1

Elephant masks were worn to draw attention to the plight of these magnificent creatures, killed just for human greed.

hands off

 Eventually we must be heard.

NONHUMAN ANIMALS ARE NOT COMMODITIES!!

 

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11 Comments

  1. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    “United to end animal suffering and exploitation” …. noble cause!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Nancy says:

    Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".

    Liked by 1 person

  3. That’s odd, or not, id al-Adha, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, a Islamic feast honoring Abraham’s willingness to murder and sacrifice his son, “whom he love” began the 4th and ended today the 7th. A period of much animal cruelty and blood shed given they sacrifice animals in this madman’s honor during this time.

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    • Emy Will says:

      Good to hear from you Peter 😀

      That is interesting and perhaps illustrates forces of good and evil.

      While there is so much suffering in the world there are also those trying to alleviate it. May compassion triumph!

      Peace to you.

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  4. ravenskeeper says:

    Reblogged this on Ravens-Tree.com and commented:
    May we succeed. We must all unite every minute of every day for at present every minute of every day the suffering of non human life continues. Do you hear their screams?

    Liked by 1 person

  5. […] 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/  […]

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