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# FEEL FREE FRIDAY ~ 22

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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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This post is dedicated to two Lion cubs, George and Yame and the compassionate humans who took them on an extraordinary journey to safety.

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George and Yame (2015) – photo by Meike Grohnwald

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.

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    Yame – photo from http://www.mirror.co.uk

George and Yame in Madrid

      George and Yame in Madrid George and Yame 3                     photos from http://www.mirror.co.uk

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.

George and Yame

                    George and Yame on their first day in South Africa – photo from CACH

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 @

http://www.cannedlion.org/blog/adventures-of-george-and-yame

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.

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  Feel Free George and Yame – photo by Meike Grohnwald

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

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11 Comments

  1. Hello Emy,

    I loved following the story of little George & Yame via CACH. I’m also a big fan of Kevin Richardson, so was very glad that the cubs were able to find their new home at his sanctuary. I have tremendous respect for the Spanish team who went through so much to free the cubs and care for them.

    Wish you a happy Friday,
    Takami

    Liked by 1 person

    • Emy Will says:

      A happy Friday and weekend to you too, Takami.
      This story of George and Yame touched the hearts of so many. It helps retore a little faith in the human race ❤

      Like

  2. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Simply amazing and heartwarming!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Spokie sny spoor says:

    Sweet!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. ravenskeeper says:

    Reblogged this on Ravens-Tree.com and commented:
    So nice to have a happy ending. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. cinnabar50 says:

    So sad about the awful treatment of these cubs, but nice to know there is a happy ending for them. Thank you for sharing this story, in a world of so much cruelty its good to know some people care about animals.

    Liked by 1 person

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