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# FEEL FREE FRIDAY ~ 6

TODAY IS WORLDWIDE FUR-FREE FRIDAY. PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE PROTESTING TO KEEP NONHUMAN ANIMALS FREE FROM FUR FARMS.

ONE HAPPY, FREE MINK IN THE WILD                                                                                                                              happy mink

ONE HAPPY, FREE FOX IN THE WILD                                                                                                                                                Feel free Friday 2

Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who live and die in captivity! 

 

WORLDWIDE FUR-FREE FRIDAY: Johannesburg meets in solidarity

 WFFF is an annual event when people from all over the world speak in a united voice against the despicable fur industry.

In solidarity, Johannesburg, South Africa is holding a protest in the same area as where there is a fur shop.

As I have been part of the organising committee, the past couple of weeks have busy preparing for this gathering.

Our request to participants, as follows , gives you some idea of how our demonstration will unfold.

~It would be appreciated if you could wear black or/and red.

~Please bring a flower(s) to be placed at a memorial for all those senselessly killed for their fur.

~There will be an opportunity for people to say a few words in memory of these innocent beings.

~If you have an inherited fur coat that you want to give away, feel free to bring that as well.

~Placards and pamphlets will be provided at the venue.

BE THE VOICE FOR THE INNOCENT AND DEFENSELESS

WFFF 2014

The Weather is Getting Colder, and You Don’t Want to be Caught Dead in Fur

THERE ARE SO MANY ALTERNATIVES TO WEARING ANIMAL FUR !

Lend A Paw - Friends of Rescue

Photo courtesy of Morguefile. Photo courtesy of Morguefile.

As we welcome autumn with the dawn of every new crisp day and the fall of every red, yellow and orange leaf, remember that there are many alternatives to wearing fur to stay warm.Every year around 50 million animals are killed for their fur (“Fur Trade Facts”). These careless killings at the hands of humans are the reason why many animals are endangered. Chinchillas, Jaguars, and Tigers are all animals that are often slain around the world for their pelts. Although the act of killing an animal to utilize their fur for warmth may seem as if it doesn’t directly affect you, in the end it affects us all.

The poaching and killing of animals in the wild contributes to the dwindling number of certain species. For instance, wild tigers are often hunted and killed for their skins. Because of these killings, many estimate that…

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# FEEL FREE FRIDAY ~ 5

Accolades to all the courageous people who put their own lives at risk to keep the ‘Great Apes’ free.  

Many people link the Ebola outbreak to the consumption of “bush meat”.

Pikin, the Gorilla, was rescued from the “bush meat” trade in Cameroon.                                           Rescued-From-the-Bush-Meat-Trade-CameroonAppolinaire Mdohoudou and Pikin, Ape Action Africa, Cameroon, 2009

This is one of my  favorite photographs taken by Jo-Anne McArthur.

For 15 years Jo-Anne McArthur has taken photographs revealing the cruel treatment of animals worldwide

She calls herself a war photographer, as she believes “there’s a war on animals”.

Jo-Anne has captured some of the most haunting images that I have ever seen, including animals caged on fur farms.

She has published a book of her excellent photographs.

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/jo-anne-mcarthurs-new-book-shines-a-heartbreaking-spotlight-on-invisible-animals-photos/

Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who live and die in captivity! 

OH! It’s just a bit of trim

just a bit of trim

CAUGHT RED-HANDED

Red handed

In 2012 an under investigation from animal welfare organisation Humane Society of the United States, revealed that BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY was labeling real fur products as “faux fur”.

Many Burlington coats were found to contain dog fur in some form.

These items were made from animals skinned in China.

An article was published in My Vegan Journal:

Stores busted for selling REAL fur despite being labeled “Faux” 

According to Jacqueline  “… an expert took the items apart and confirmed that despite the label, they ARE real fur. Disgusting!!

… Beware of “faux” fur and “faux” fur trimmed items. MANY are mislabeled. Cruelty is never in fashion!

… These animals end up as gloves, coats, hats or fur trim; their skins are used in the production of drums and other musical instruments”.

I know, this was in 2012.

Now Burlington Coat Factory advertises coats as having a “detachable REAL FUR collar”, as seen on the coat below.  

Detachable real fur hood

It doesn’t really matter that the type of living being skinned for this collar is not named – the suffering is the same.

By the way, Mitt Romney, the American politician and businessman who was the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election has been linked with Burlington Coat Factory.

This is the same Mitt Romney who road 12 hours (1,050 km) with his dog Seamus in a carrier on the roof of the family’s Chevrolet Caprice station wagon.

Poor Seamus suffered diarrhea during this trip on the roof.

Seamus ~ the gentle giant

Burlington Coat Factory

UNBELIEVABLE!

No, these are not cute puppies and kitties for sale.

They are very realistic toys made in China and sold in various parts of the world. I have seen them in South African shops.

They are so realistic that in all likelihood they are made from real cat and dog fur.

Grafton

Seen in a warehouse in Grafton Shopping Centre – Cambridge

A  shopper at  Grafton Shopping centre – Cambridge, saw the label on these toys stating, “Made in China your own sleeping cat/dog made out of cat/dog fur”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cat and dog

 

 

 

 

 

Sadly this is not unbelievable.

While it is hard to imagine why any creature should be skinned for a fashion item or trinket, there is a booming trade in dog and cat fur in China.

There are  virtually no animal protection laws in China and many animals are skinned ~ sometimes alive ~ for their fur.

Dog and cat fur is generally less expensive than other types of furs, which results in the false labelling of items.

According to Happy Paws Haven, “cat fur is sold as rabbit and dog fur is sold as ‘asian jackal’, ‘sobaki’, ‘gae wolf’ and Asian Wolf’”

http://www.happypawsgrafton.com.au/articles/the-trade-in-dog-and-cat-fur

Items or fur trim can also be labeled as fake fur to trick the consumer into buying something unintentionally.

If one burns the fur there is a distinctive difference in the smell of real and fake fur. Of course this is not advised in a shop context.

DNA testing can reveal the true identity of what animal was used for a particular fur.

Various anti-fur organisations have done DNA testing and found items to made of animal fur even when not labelled as such.

In particular, toys for pets are often dyed and sold as synthetic when in fact this is not the case.

PET TOYS 

If you are not absolutely sure that something is synthetic rather not take the chance.

# FEEL FREE FRIDAY ~ 4

Feel free to always confront the truth.

I read the following story by Chris Perez (New York Post – October 20, 2014),  where a woman goes to a fox farm for a fur coat and instead rescues the fox.

As Perez states, this creature would have given up her life for “the horrible price of vanity”.

The story goes:

“I’d much rather buy her and release her than have her killed and wear her,” Natalia explained. “Not now that I had seen her alive.”

When Natalia realised the tiny fox had been removed from her mother at a very young age and probably wouldn’t survive in the wild, she decided to keep the fox for herself. 

Foxy Lady: Woman Has Pet Black Fox For 7 years
Natalia Gaintseva and her black fox Kiryusha.

( http://nypost.com/2014/10/20/woman-goes-to-fox-farm-for-fur-coat-gets-pet-instead/)

As the quote by Paul Mc Cartney goes:

“If slaughterhouses had GLASS WALLS everyone would be VEGETARIAN”.

WELL, IF FUR FARMS HAD GLASS WALLS, EVERY FOX WOULD BE FREE.

Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who live and die in captivity! 

OUT OF SIGHT: But never out of mind

As I sit gazing out my bathroom window (below) at the soft, refreshing Summer rain in Johannesburg, I don’t forget the animals murdered for their fur in the wintry Northern hemisphere.

rain

This is the time of the year when many “fur-bearing” animals are “harvested” i.e. killed solely for their fur ~ their wasted bodies discarded.

CARCASSES

Please don’t support the fur trade in any way!

 

 

WEARING A DEAD BODY? OVER MY DEAD BODY!

The International Anti-Fur Coalition (IAFC) operates worldwide, working to end the atrocities of the fur industry. 

IAFC has run several succesful campaigns including the Fur is Red and Furbidden campaigns

IAFC logo IAFCfur is red

The “Wearing a dead body? Over my dead body!” anti-fur campaign was recently initiated by IAFC and is growing in momentum.

 IAFC requests “selfies” from compassionate people like yourself,  SO PLEASE PARTICIPATE.

Here are the instructions from IAFC:

Three Easy steps to make a difference, on the behalf of animals:

1) Take a picture of yourself holding a sign with the slogan: “Wearing a dead body? Over my dead body! “

2) Upload the picture here, at this “event” page & On all your social media pages/ Facebook/ Instagram/ Twitter, etc…If possible: *Hashtag> #Overmydeadbody.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1479246765670420/?context=create&previousaction=create&source=49&sid_create=2660608051

3) Challenge three of your friends to do the same & be the change you want to see in this world.

Thank you for participating, firmly standing your ground that fur only belongs to animals & Spreading the word and the world.

For a Fur Free Future!  

The gallery:  #OverMyDeadBody Protest Pictures

.Over my dead body

I wish I could post all the wonderful and creative photos that people have submitted but there are now too many for that. See for yourself  @ https://www.facebook.com/events/1479246765670420/?context=create&previousaction=create&source=49&sid_create=2660608051

As long as the message is communicated, feel free to be as creative as you wish 🙂

Here are a few of the photos taken.

Loo Chaton

WEARING A DEAD BODY 1

Kara & Sam

WEARING A DEAD BODY 3
Jean Claude & his wife
WEARING A DEAD BODY
Ani’s Art

WEARING A DEAD BODY2

Lidor

WEARING A DEAD BODY4

Tracey Green

Rita Lukan

Rita Lukan

Kassandra Eleni Bredrup Petsa

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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