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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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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.


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’”


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.


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


  1. sonmicloud says:

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

    – sonmi upon the Cloud

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  2. Disgusting. The fur would look better on the REAL animal!

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  3. Anarette.com says:

    You are most likely right, unfortunately.

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  4. Oh My Cats! This is disgusting! Unbelievable!! 😦 xx Roxy & Tigerlino ❤

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  5. Chris says:

    I struggle to comprehend the mindset that thinks it’s OK to create a fake pet out of a real pet’s fur

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  6. I had no idea that this sort of use of animal fur was being done. Terrible. If the demand is there, the people in these countries will continue to do this. Evidently, there is enough demand to warrant this activity. I don’t have any idea as to how to stop this. Has anyone an idea?

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    • Emy Will says:

      Thank you, Carol. The fur trade is beyond speak terrible! You are right. While there is a demand, there will always be a supply
      There are broadly 2 categories of buyers.
      -Those who wrongly still think fur increases their status. These are wild animals kept and killed in horrendous conditions.
      – Then budget fur, which is often cat and dog fur labelled as fake. Even fur trim can be animal fur.
      Photos have been taken of these animals being skinned while still alive (see fur facts).
      We must raise awareness at every opportunity.
      Keep well,


  7. Dionysus Amber says:

    Reblogged this on Dionysius ✑ and commented:
    Totally bloody barbaric! Please peeps, keep a close eye on what you buy. And Do NOT buy fur. And Boycottt anyone who sells such things.

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  8. Thanks for posting this. I had no idea somewhere in the world people could be so heartless to do such a terrible thing.

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