For Christians around the world, Easter is a time to observe and celebrate.
In a conflation of various myths and pagan practices the Easter bunny (rabbit/hare) has now become associated with Easter. It has become a symbol of rebirth and fertility associated with eggs.
When it comes to the fur industry, though, these cute fluffy creatures have a rough time.
Increasingly, worldwide, millions of rabbits are being farmed and killed solely for their fur – a total waste of life.
These rabbits are kept in disgusting battery farm conditions.
They are then brutally killed and skinned, sometimes while still alive.
Not only is rabbit fur used in the making of fur coats and hats but is also used as fur trim. Fur trim is a totally decorative and unnecessary part of any garment.
Fur from rabbits is often the base of trinkets, such as pet toys and may even be labelled as faux fur.
It takes 30-40 rabbits to make just one fur coat.
Angora fur is sheared off the live Angora rabbit and recently PeTA exposed the intense cruelty in this process.
As a result, many retailers have withdrawn Angora based products from their shelves.
Please don’t buy any fur-trimmed item unless you are absolutely sure it is fake.
The idiom A leopard cannot change its spots means that a person’s nature cannot change. However, the story of how Shembe Church members are changing their leopard skin ceremonial dress belies this idea.
The Shembe Church, which is a mixture of Christianity and Zulu culture, is one of the biggest traditional religious groups in South Africa with around 5 million members.
Leopards are considered a symbol of pride, beauty and wealth.
Leopard skins are viewed as essential attire for church goers.
Thousands of leopards are slaughtered for their skins.
If this continues, Africa’s leopards, already listed as “near threatened” by the International Union Conservation of Nature (IUCN), will become extinct.
Thanks to the Furs for Life project run by a conservation group, Panthera, more than 6 000 faux leopard fur skins were donated to the Shembe. These are excellent replicas of the real skin with its distinctive pattern.
Lizwi Ncwane an elder of the Shembe church totally supports this project but acknowledges the difficulties in getting all the church members on board. He explains,”Some people are ignorant about the conservation of a species”. They want authentic leopard skins.
Despite this, the fact that some people are even willing to consider alternatives is remarkable and shows that attitudes can change.
As another saying goes, Where there is a will there is a way.
Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who live and die in captivity!
The term symbolises the diversity of races, tribes, creeds, languages and lifestyles of modern South Africa.
If you came to the Global March For Lions on Saturday March 21st you would agree that South Africa is indeed a rainbow nation. Every shape, size, age and colour of person was there, roaring for our precious lions.
The protest was held outside the Lion Park, as this park permits the petting of lion cubs, which in all likelihood are later sold for canned hunting. Read more @
But, I will let my collage of photos tell the story:
Of course conflict is part of South African life.
Protesters were met by a counter protest set up by the Lion Park management.
Without a doubt, we roared the loudest!
This post is dedicated to two Lion cubs, George and Yame and the compassionate humans who took them on an extraordinary journey to safety.
Made to perform in a travelling circus in Europe, George and Yame had a miserable start to life.
Things worsened when they were sold to a Spanish woman who ran a theme park, Terra Mitica Park, Alicante. Tourists paid 10 euros to pose with these lion cubs.
It is reported that, in order to keep the cubs small and easy for tourists to handle, they were fed watered down milk to stunt their growth.
This meant a prolonged and agonising death for George and Yame.
It was a fortunate day for the cubs when American CJ Munoz and her Spanish husband Luis rescued and helped nurse George and Yame back to health in Madrid.
Thanks to many kindhearted people funds were raised to fly George and Yame to South Africa where they now are recovering on a sanctuary near Johannesburg (My home town 🙂 ) They can never be released into the wild so will spend the rest of their lives here.
Two key South African players in this scenario are Kevin Richardson also know as the The Lion Whisperer and Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH).
CACH was founded by Chris Mercer and is a registered wildlife charity that is working towards banning the captive breeding of lions for the canned hunting industry.
Read more on CACH’s blog @
Richardson does not believe that lions should be mastered and dominated. His words sum this up beautifully, “A lion is not a possession; it’s a sentient being, so you must pay attention and develop your bond like with any relationship.“
Here is Richardson bonding with George and Yame. I guarantee you a warm feeling if you watch to the end.
Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who live and die in captivity!
‘So adorable’, most would say and indeed they are – in the wild!
However, there is a huge canned hunting industry in South Africa.
Canned hunting is the despicable activity where wild animals, in this case lions, are poached or bred in captivity solely be shot in a confined space.
These lions, often white lions, can be part of a tourist “petting” attraction and through this become habituated to humans.
When these lions no longer have “use value” they are taken into a pen and shot by some rich tourist.
It is alleged that the Lion Park near Johannesburg (a huge tourist attraction) sells its lions for canned hunting. This is where our protest will be on Saturday.
SHAME ON SOUTH AFRICA: We are protesting against canned hunting in Johannesburg on March 21st 2015.
On March 13 and 14, people in cities around the world will once again bring awareness to the canned Lion hunting industry in South Africa. Last year was the first Global March For Lions (GMFL) and with 60 cities worldwide participating it was truly a historical moment, no gathering had previously raised awareness for Lions like the GMFL did.
“Last year’s Global March for Lions created unprecedented public awareness world-wide about the plight of the lion. It was really extraordinary. During my almost thirty years fighting for the lion, never before I had I seen such a public outpouring of concern for the King of Animals. It was so heartening, and is making a difference. With this year’s demo we must build on this. The lion needs us like never before.” – Gareth Patterson, Author of My Lion’s Heart.
How the average person contributes to the canned hunting industry
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