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ANIMAL ACTIVISM: A Never Ending Story

Dear Friends,

A heartfelt thanks to those who take the time to read and comment on my blog ‚̧

I try to keep my posts varied ~ a combination of personal and educational. The content is sad, often shocking but also celebratory when deserved.

As you know I support all animal activism:

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A cute “certificate” sent to me from Animals Matter To Africa ūüôā

~ I have demonstrated against the canned hunting of lions.

~ In solidarity against the ivory trade, I have marched for rhinos and elephants.

~ I have protested against the use of wild animals in circuses, dog fighting, puppy mills and  factory farming.  

~ I have written letters to callous developers who have destroyed the homes of small, wild creatures.

~ In outrage I have contacted CEOs of companies, such as NULAID, where egg-laying hens are treated like machines and then killed so people can eat what is left of them.

~ My letters complaining about  fireworks, kill shelters and the fur industry have been printed in the press. 

~ Many hours have been spent by me, cleaning in a cat sanctuary.

~ Despite criticism from the abolitionist vegans I have signed numerous petitions.

~ Regarding the fur industry, I have campaigned in several ways ~ demonstrations; letters to the press and corporates; anti-fur petitions, pledges and pamphlets; starting an e-mail blitz to Investec and so on. 

It has been a strange year for anti-fur activism ~ a kind of three steps forward and two steps backwards scenario.

I particularly refer to Holland and Israel where there have been attempts to ban fur in these countries, but I will elaborate in future posts.

Among others, corporates such as Harvey Nichols and Burberry are again selling fur.

¬†I now have a criminal charge against me; laid by a furrier who believes I “maliciously damaged¬†his property” by allegedly placing a sticker on his shop window. Watch this space for an update on the trial.¬†

So for me, animal activism has become a job with highs and lows. It is about tenacity and developing a thick skin against opposition that comes my way. 

While there have been many victories for animal rights in 2014, the cruelty just never ends.

So the journey never ends.

animal rights activistsWishing everyone a fulfilling New Year,

A luta continua

Emy

 

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# FEEL FREE FRIDAY ~ 10

PLEASE LET THIS ‘SEASON OF GOODWILL’¬†REMIND US TO RESPECT EVERY LIVING BEING, FOREVER.¬†

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Image taken from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

    WARM WISHES TO YOU ALL, 

EMY

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

 

 

HALF – WIT

Half – wit, according to free dictionary.com is,¬†a person who lacks intelligence or good sense; feeble-minded or foolish person”.

All this applies to the woman below, plus NO compassion.

Behind this attention seeking ploy is the brutal death of several “fur-bearing” animals.¬†

Sad in so many ways! 

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# FEEL FREE FRIDAY ~ 9

When Sam Simon, of The Simpsons fame, was diagnosed with cancer he made it his mission to alleviate as much animal suffering as possible.

In this endeavour he has collaborated closely with PeTA.

In a previous post, I discussed how Simon helped save Chinchillas from agonising death on a fur farm ~ August 2014.

Read more @ 

https://emynow.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/a-compassionate-move-thank-you-sam-simon/

I find his words extremely moving:

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Then recently Simon helped rescue two Himalayan Black Bears from a roadside zoo in Tennessee. Read more @  

http://www.peta2.com/blog/victory-tennessee-bears-rescued/

The bears had been illegally imported into the U.S. and were being kept at Three Bears General Store where tourists would view them as an exhibition.

When not in the shop the bears were kept in backyard in cages.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   bears in cages

PeTA lodged a formal complaint with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

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Image from PeTA

Thanks to a generous donation from Sam Simon, the bears have been moved to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, where they now live safely and free from harm. 

Yes, Simon does have the money to do these acts of kindness but hey, he could spend his money on “furs” and diamonds.

Instead, he has made an ethical choice to help innocent creatures.

REMEMBER, every act of kindness counts.

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

HEARTLESS HARVEY NICHOLS retaliates

Department store Harvey Nichols has gone back on its fur free policy from 2004 and has started selling real animal fur again.

Want to take a stand against the sale of animal fur?

Please sign and share this petition against Harvey Nichols:

https://www.change.org/p/harvey-nichols-stop-selling-fur-2

This petition is part of a broader campaign against Harvey Nichols.

Recently, several anti-fur activists braved the cold and wet weather to protest outside this clothing store.                                                      Harvey nichols protest

Of course Harvey Nichols can’t show evidence of any humane fur farming.

Why? Because all fur farming is inherently cruel! Harvey Nichols 2

Instead, Harvey Nichols has approached the High Court in London to try gag the campaign against its company.

The company is requesting that anti-fur protesters are banned from streets across the country where they have stores.

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Harvey Nichols Heads to Court to Gag Campaign!

According to Justice For Animals, activists will legally oppose this action and ¬†“We will not stop being a voice for animals on fur farms”.

This campaign has “attracted widespread coverage and condemnation of Harvey Nichols‚Äô sale of fur, including in Vogue, The Fashion Times, Drapers and Fashion United”.

This desperate move by Harvey Nichols has not stopped the Heartless Harvey Nichols campaign, which has intensified in these days  leading up to the Christmas season. Harvey nichols 3                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harvey Nichols 1

 

# FEEL FREE FRIDAY ~ 8

This Feel Free Friday post is in solidarity with those bloggers who tirelessly fight to keep marine animals free from captivity.Dolphin FFF1

Amber Danette (pseudonym) @ http://orcafreedomfighters.wordpress.com/ ( Freedom for Cetaceans) is particularly the voice for marine creatures kept in captivity.
Another blog site advocating for the protection of ocean life is @ http://oceanadvocatefl.wordpress.com/ .
Carmen Mandel presents the wonders of the natural sea world @ http://ofsharksandrays.wordpress.com/ (SENTINELS OF THE OCEAN) and is absolutely against the exploitation of any nonhuman animal.
Sea Shepherd, an international organisation, fights to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
                                    Sea shepherd

A range of ocean life can be seen from the shores of the South African coast.

I had a special  experience of being close to whales swimming, unrestricted in the ocean. Here are my pics.                                                                                                                 whales3whaleswhales1

This was when I visited Hermanus, a charming town nestled between a mountain and the sea.

Hermanus is rated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as one of the twelve best whale watching locations in the world.

Each year whales, mainly Southern Right Whales, migrate to an area called Walker Bay, part of which is a Whale Sanctuary.  Between July and November no boats of any kind are allowed in the Walker Bay Whale Sanctuary Marine Protected Area.

There were several ways to view this magnificent phenomenon of whales converging.

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From the balcony of our B&B
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Sitting on a bench overlooking the sea
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From a regulated boat cruise

No high-five from whales ~ just a tails up to say thank you for leaving them to live in peace.

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Thank you for not clubbing me to death for my seal fur

How I wish for the day when all marine creatures will be free from harm inflicted by cruel humans.

NO SENTIENT BEING SHOULD BE EXPLOITED FOR HUMAN “ENTERTAINMENT”. PLEASE BOYCOTT ALL PLACES THAT TRAP AND ABUSE MARINE LIFE IN ANY FORM!

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

VEG OUT: FUR OUT

Veg Out is a vegan restaurant located in downtown London, Ontario.                         vegout-nobg

It clearly states on its website,
“Veg Out is a fur free restaurant. Please refrain from wearing fur”.

To emphasise the point further this notice is on the restaurant’s window.veg out restaurant

THANK YOU VEG OUT    clapping-happy-smiley-emoticon

# FEEL FREE FRIDAY ~ 7

NINE YEARS AGO, WHEN MY DARLING FRIDA WAS JUST A FLUFF BALL, SHE WAS DUMPED IN A BOX WITH HER SISTER.  IT WAS OUR LUCKY DAY WHEN THEY CAME TO LIVE WITH US!

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TINY, BABY FRIDA

 Initially they were terrified of all human contact.

Now Frida feels free to:

SHOW OFF HER TAIL.  

FRIDA ~ NOW 9yrs YOUNG

PRETEND SHE IS A BIRD. JOAN 218

 SAY HI TO HER HUMANS.     Fridaa5

MEDITATE IN HER GARDEN.  FRIDA

¬†ON THAT RARE OCCASION¬†WHEN IT SNOWED IN JOHANNESBURG …¬†

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FRIDA’S SNOWY GARDEN

¬† … FRIDA COULD IMAGINE THAT SHE WAS AN ARCTIC FOX. ¬†¬†white fox

BUT MOST IMPORTANT IS THAT FRIDA IS FREE TO BE HAPPY THAT HER FUR BELONGS TO HER AND NOT USED FOR HUMAN VANITY.

loren-17-sml-1960_1490771iFUR BELONGS ON ITS ORIGINAL OWNER AND NOT ON HUMANS!

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

WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP THE STRUGGLE!

A GROUP OF AROUND 40 COMMITTED ANTI-FUR ACTIVISTS GATHERED IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (SA) FOR WFFF 2014.

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DESPITE BEING SUMMER IN SA, THIS PROTEST WAS IN SOLIDARITY WITH OTHER ACTIVISTS AROUND THE WORLD.
IT WAS A PEACEFUL AND MOVING EVENT, WHICH CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF PEOPLE IN ‚ÄėRUSH HOUR’ TRAFFIC.

PAMPHLETS WERE HANDED OUT.                                                                                                                                                                                wfffhadri blog adri blog1BANNERS & PLACARDS WERE HELD.

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shrine2THE MAN IN BLACK, DANI, FILMED US.

Fake blood and fake furs were supplied.

¬†blog revised 1¬†emyEMY WEARING “FUR” !CARMEN

CARMEN, A COMPASSIONATE HUMAN, IS BEHIND THAT MASK AND “FUR”.¬†¬†wfffn.

wfffeCRAIG PLAYED THE DRUM. 

ANNEKE WORE A FOX  MASK. wffffWFFF26

   wfffj GABY AND AIDEN SAT IN A CAGE.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       wfffi

FLOWERS WERE LEFT AT A MEMORIAL SITE. shrine

 

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THE DEMONSTRATION ENDED WITH SOME PEOPLE SAYING A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE FUR INDUSTRY.  blog revised2 

A REQUEST WAS MADE FOR ALL TO CONTINUE TO BE THE VOICE FOR THE DEFENSELESS.  

WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP THIS STRUGGLE UNTIL EVERY DAY IS FUR FREE.

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