Fur Free SA (FFSA) is the primary anti-fur organisation in South Africa.
It was founded in 2009 by Anneke Malan who has been the chairperson up until now.
A big thank you to Anneke and the entire FFSA’s team for choosing me as the next chairperson of FFSA.
I feel honoured that they have placed their faith and trust in me. This is a responsibility that I take very seriously and I will endeavour to do my best to continue the fight against the horrendous fur industry.
The new FFSA executive met on Sunday April 26th .
We are excited about the planned FFSA projects, long-term and short-term.
Anneke joined us to assist with the hand-over.
This Feel Free Friday post is dedicated to a blogger buddy @ http://ravens-tree.com/about/ who cares deeply about our planet and all who share it.
It is a feel-good story about a raven who was in need of assistance. Read the full story @ http://bit.ly/1Gak5FC
As a result of an infestation of mites, this bird lost some feathers crucial to keep her up and flying.
Instead of being in the mountains, where she belonged, she ended up in a parking lot in Richmond (USA).
Maureen Bergin, who first spotted the raven in distress, noticed that the raven’s mate was bringing bits of food to his better half.
How sweet is that?
A sad aspect to the story, though, is that if this bird was a crow people would have left her to die.
However, when recognised as a raven, she was rescued and taken to the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a wild-animal hospital in Waynesboro.
Veterinarians there performed a complex procedure called “imping”, which entails transplanting feathers from one bird to another.
A team at the Waynesboro hospital attached six feathers to the raven’s right wing and one to her left.
In a moving ceremony the raven was set free to fly with the help of her new feathers.
The message of this story is that every act of kindness counts ❤
Dedicated to all caged birds who cannot fly free and easy.
When the fur industry themselves admit that cruelty takes place on fur farms you must know it is REALLY BAD!
Earlier this year (2015) Mike Moser, CEO of the British Fur Trade Association, agreed that animals on European fur farms “are distressed”.
This comment was in response to a journalist showing Moser footage of fur farms with animals suffering from severe injuries, including open wounds and sores.
The journalist was writing about Harvey Nichols a British shop that after 10 years of being fur free, in September 2013, resumed the sale of fur in its United Kingdom stores.
Harvey Nichols sources its fur from European fur farms that form part of the “Origin Assured” (OA™) quality control scheme.
Displaying the OA™ label on fur items is meant to assure consumers that the fur originates from a country where animal welfare regulations or standards governing fur production are in force.
Robert Fischer from Erich Fischer Furriers prides himself on being Africa’s only fur specialist that abides by the OA™ label. He therefore claims that his fur produce is sourced ethically.
Ongoing investigations of these certified origin assured farms have consistently revealed shocking conditions.
However, NO fur farm can be humane, as wild animals are crammed into tiny cages waiting for an agonising death.
For these creatures, the only thing worse than dying on a fur farm is living on a fur farm.
Anyone supporting the fur industry lacks morality.
Take Action against Harvey Nichols: http://chn.ge/ZSYzYj
“A single drop of water in a lake radiates energy to become larger and larger circles”.
I read these beautiful words on a blogging buddy’s post @ http://enchantedseashells.com/.
These words “spoke” to me, particularly in the light of my recent experience.
Zimbabwe is capturing baby elephants in the wild to be sold to China and the United Arab Emirates.
This is not only cruel to these elephants but breaks up the complex social structure of elephants.
Read more @
Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, was speaking at a trade conference in South Africa on April 9th.
Global March for Elephants and Rhinos requested that South African animal activists protest against this Zimbabwean trade in elephants.
Ban Animal Trading came on board and at very short notice a protest was arranged.
There were FIVE of us with banners, waiting for Mugabe and his entourage to arrive.
Not even the armed security could get us to move.
More important though, is that our protest photos were favoured and retweeted by Pamela Anderson!
Read more about Pamela Anderson’s campaign to save the Zimbabwean elephants @
Pamela Anderson has around 1 million followers!
So the word spread far and wide!
An anti-fur demonstration was held in Johannesburg by Ban Animal Trading and Fur Free SA on Sunday April 12th.
The aim was to raise awareness around the brutal and senseless fur industry.
At 10:30 protesters gathered outside the Firs retail centre in Johannesburg.
Erich Fischer Furriers is a fur shop in the Firs.
Gaby did the face painting. The red paint represented blood.
Thanks to Gaby I ended up with a red nose instead of red tear drops 🙂
More than 30 protesters marched.
The police escorted us and stopped the traffic for our march.
The police were totally supportive and relaxed.
We then stood on a main road where some of us handed out anti-fur leaflets.
After an hour we marched back to the Firs. Photographs were taken by Chris Orr, a member of Fur Free SA.
Well done animal warriors!
Fashion designers have a huge influence over what people choose to wear – for better or for worse.
Thanks to Carmen, @ https://fashionableover50.wordpress.com/about/, who believes in, “Fashion with compassion”.