“Local is Lekker” is a popular South African phrase used to promote South African products or culture i.e. anything close to home.
Lekker is an Afrikaans word derived from Dutch. In South Africa it is a catch-all word meaning anything pleasurable. For example, “… that was a lekker meal, book, outing” or just plain, “That was lekker!”
I think non-South Africans get what I mean.
Today my Feel Free Friday post is about Garth Taylor who is a lekker bloke. Even more lekker is that Garth is from my hometown, Johannesburg.
Not only does Garth sing romantic songs but he has made this awesome anti-fur poster.
“If I gave you my soul” – song by Garth Taylor.
Wearing the skins of dead animals with their natural patterns and colours is disgusting.
Wearing the dyed skins of animals is beyond speak disgusting.
These furs are dyed to give them a modern look and to make them more appealing to the youth of the 21st century.
According to Oaten, a former Liberal Democrat MP, Asia and Hong Kong are the main contributers to the fur trade, both in terms of demand and supply.
Sadly there has been an increase in the sale of fur items in the 21st century, with a shift towards buyers in North America and Europe.
All I can say is that we must never give up educating people about the horrific fur industry.
Read more @ http://bit.ly/1Q9HxZ9
Photobombing is the act of accidentally or purposely placing oneself into a photograph, often in order to play a practical joke on the photographer or the subjects.
Fur farms stink in every way!
All fur farms employ intensive battery-type farming methods.
Animals suffer terribly under these barbaric conditions.
Minks are semi-aquatic and need water in the form of streams or lakes. A mink’s natural living environment is always near water or on wooded banks. Generally they are solitary and inquisitive animals except when they pair off during the mating season.
They suffer physically and emotionally on fur farms, where they are crammed into tiny metal cages that injure their little feet.
Each mink skinned produces about 20 kilos of faeces in his or her lifetime.
Besides this, Nitrous Oxide (N2O) and Ammonia (NH3) emissions from mink manure have a noticeable adverse impact on the environment. Waste can be soaked into the soil and end up in the ground water. When it rains it can also run into nearby streams resulting in contamination.
Danish investors are planning to construct a mink fur farm in the Bulgarian city of Stara Zagora.
According to a recent report these developers claim that they,
“will be raising 400,000 small carnivorous mammals. The proper ones will be selected for reproduction purposes and the rest will be killed in gas chambers and their skins will be transported to Poland to be used in the fashion industry. The dead bodies of the animals will be burned out”.
Animal activists have started a protest against this development on the grounds that it will pollute the environment.
Read the full story @
Feel Free Friday posts are meant to be uplifting, so I will spare you the details of the despicable bear bile farming that is rife throughout Asia.
The Asian Black Bears, also named Moon Bears because of the crescent mark on the chest, are primarily exploited in this industry.
This post is dedicated to all the people who tirelessly campaign to rescue some of these thousands of bears from their lives of torture.
Animals Asia has rescued more than 100 bears who now live in peace on a sanctuary in Vietnam.
Read more about this campaign @
Have tissues on hand, as it is a deeply moving story.
Recently Animals Asia won the fight to release the Halong Bay Bears. To date only two bears, Sam and Simon, have arrived at the sanctuary.
Read about the rescue here: http://bit.ly/1dI3ti1
Although this is a handful of the thousands of bears used for bile farming, it has raised awareness worldwide.
Feel free to support this campaign in any way that you can.
Have you ever seen this logo displayed by clothing retailers?
Ethical retail companies are taking a stand against the sale of items containing animal fur.
This is due to the horrendous way wild animals are farmed and killed only for their fur, as well as the negative effects on the environment.
Displaying this fox logo publicly indicates a company that has committed in writing to be fur-free through the international, voluntary Fur Free Retail program.
This program was initiated by Consumers for a Fur Free Society.
Read more @ http://www.furfreeshopping.com/about.php .
The program is supported and endorsed by the Fur Free Alliance (FFA), an international coalition of more than 35 leading animal protection and environmental organizations worldwide.
Through the FFR initiative, companies are kindly asked to take a public stand against the sale of animal fur products. All they need to do is sign a Statement of Assurance and display the fox logo somewhere in their shop.
Over 250 retail companies have already committed in writing to be fur-free through the international FFR project.
Different animal rights organisations represent the FFR project in different countries.
It is so important to publicly say NO to fur!
The photo below has been shared many times – a sure indication of its popularity.
Well it is certainly one of my favourites.
From what I understand this is a discipline training exercise for dogs in the police force.
The cat also has to have some courage to parade in front of this formidable row of dogs.
I thought in the event of a vacancy coming up for this noble cat job we should audition some of our cats.
Our darling Rupert was the obvious choice.
However, Rupert felt that he was better suited to be the poster boy for cute black and white kitties.
His sister, Cappuccino, sometimes makes this difficult.
So Rupert has to escape to safer regions.
Kim Kardashian doesn’t seem to care about all the animals brutally killed to satisfy her lust for real fur.
Kim Kardashian has recently published a book of “selfies,” and was in New York City doing promotional book signing. After waiting in line for hours, a group of activists disrupted the event. Video below:
Curiously, one of the activists involved has publicly spoken out against Direct Action Everywhere (of which I am a part), claiming that disruptions in places where people are eating or purchasing food is ineffective. I’m not really sure what the relevant differences are between places involving food products and other places where animals are being exploited or sold as products, though. I fully support the disruption of any place where animals are being harmed or the notion that animals are ours to be used is perpetuated or normalized. Would I have disrupted this event…
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Last Sunday I joined Ban Animal Trading’s (BAT) demonstration against the reptile expo. held at a local “events” centre.
In South Africa these reptiles are seen as exotic pets, as they often come from other countries.
This trade in exotic pets is unregulated.
These reptiles are bred in captivity or trapped in the wild and then sold by unscrupulous people.
The fashion industries also exploits reptiles:
Every year millions of reptiles are farmed or hunted only to be skinned for fashion items.
According to Occupy for Animals,
Python shoes, boots, belts, jackets and skirts are being fashioned from snakes’ skin and items made from exotic skins come with a high price – and that it’s paid by the animals who are torn away from their jungle homes and cruelly killed; this illicit trade can even have terrible consequences for fragile eco-systems around the world.
Snakes killed for their skin are often nailed to trees and skinned alive before being tossed into a pile to die. They can suffer for days before succumbing to shock or dehydration. Pythons often have a hose inserted into their mouth and are pumped full of water to make them easier to skin. Alligators on farms are often beaten with hammers and sometimes take up to two hours to die.
Recently Beyonce was criticised for her custom-made sneakers, which included the skin of reptiles.These creatures need our help. Would you please sign this petition to the European Union?