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# FEEL FREE FRIDAY ~ 35

I know it’s Saturday, but yesterday I lost track of time! This is because I was engrossed in preparing for our/Fur Free SA’s anti-seal hunt protest to be held in Johannesburg on Sunday .

    SOS ~ SAVE OUR SEALS 

Stop the massacre of Cape Fur seals in Namibia T3

This annual slaughter occurs on the Namibian beaches between July and November. 

Namibia, a country on the West coast of Africa and bordering on South Africa, is known for its natural beauty. However, every year this beauty is marred when 80 000 to 90 000 Cape Fur seals are bludgeoned to death.

Nursing seal pups are killed for their soft skins that are sold to international fur markets. Male seals are killed for their genitals, which are sold in Asia to customers who erroneously believe that these are an aphrodisiac.

The seal pups are taken from their mothers, rounded up and beaten to death with spiked clubs. The sheer terror of this slaughter can cause pups to vomit their mother’s milk. The mother seals become extremely distressed during this massacre.

Although the European Union has placed a ban on all seal product imports, there are still fashion designers who use seal fur. In Namibia, seal skins are bought by a Turkish businessman, Hatem Yavuz, who resides in Australia. The Danish fashion house Birger Christensen has seal skin coats in its collection.

Tomorrow we will be the voice for the Namibian seals.

Part of my preparation was to think up chants while we march. For example,

Why, why, why 

Do the seals die

Why, why, why

Do we cry

Namibia!

Leave the seals alone

Let your shores be their home  

SOS, Save the seals  

Stop the slaughter  

Stop the pain  

There is no need  

It’s just your greed  

It’s all in vain  

Why, why why …

I think you get the idea. Any additions are most welcome 🙂

Watch this space for photos of the event.

Fur Free SA

Fur Free SA condemns the commercial killing of any animal for their skin!

STOP FUR SALES IN GAP

According to Peta:

‘Although Gap Inc. has banned fur from all of its well-known brands, it continues to sell numerous fur items at INTERMIX, which has 30 stores and an online shopping site. INTERMIX sells fur from rabbits, coyotes, foxes, minks, and Asiatic raccoon dogs—animals who are often slammed to the ground and bludgeoned with metal rods, causing convulsions and broken bones but not always an immediate death. Undercover investigations reveal that many of these animals are skinned while still alive, and video footage even shows a skinned raccoon dog on a heap of carcasses with just enough strength to lift his bloodied head and stare at the camera.

Please take a few moments to urge Gap Inc. to join ANN INC., Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, J.Crew, and dozens of other companies that are 100 percent fur-free’.

Just click on this link:  http://bit.ly/1K9sIr4

# FEEL FREE FRIDAY ~ 34

As the representative of Fur Free South Africa I am pleased to report that I am attending a meeting today, Friday 19th with representatives of the well-known animal rights organisations, Beauty Without Cruelty and FOUR PAWS (VIER PFOTEN – Stiftung für Tierschutz).

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The aim of the meeting is for our organisations to jointly implement the international Fur Free Retailer program in South African shops.

Read more about this initiative @

https://emynow.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/seen-this-fox-logo/

This program helps to provide consumers with accurate information about a retailer’s fur policy.

Born Free USA started this fur-free project, which is supported and endorsed by the Fur Free Alliance (FFA), an international coalition of more than 35 leading animal protection and environmental organisations worldwide.

Although Four Paws is the South African representative of this project our three organisations would like this to be a collaborative project, where we each have a part to play.

Collective action works!

Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who are exploited for human greed!

SAY NO TO ANGORA PRODUCTS!

This is a follow-up on my previous post on Angora rabbit fur.                                                          ANGORA SALES

# FEEL FREE FRIDAY ~ 33

These fluff balls are Angora rabbits from which the soft Angora wool is obtained for clothing.

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                       Photo images taken from The wondrous.com

Although the Angora rabbit is not killed for his/her fur, PeTA recently exposed the intense cruelty in the process of harvesting Angora fur. 

The fur is plucked out until the skin of the rabbit is raw.

Now given this is a Feel Free Friday post you don’t want the horrific details of this industry.

The good news is that as a result of this exposure, many retailers have withdrawn Angora based products from their shelves.

This past week, due to pressure, the Italian company Benetton, too, has withdrawn Angora wool products from its shops.                                                

Protest action works!     Benetton-Victory-Image-770x404Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who are exploited for human greed!

AND THE SHOW GOES ON

Having spent two full days in court this week there is still no conclusion to my trial.

I am back in court on July 24th 2015.

A charge of malicious damage to property was laid against me in August 2014 by a South African furrier who is trying to silence anti-fur campaigners.

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Fur Free SA at Hillborw Magistrates court Monday June 8th 2015

This tactic will never,never work, as we will remain the voice for the voiceless!

# FEEL FREE FRIDAY ~ 32

For a while now, there has been a buzz about the plight of bees. The number of bees, essential to pollinate plants that supply the world with food, are declining. 

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Photo by Richard Newstead

Read more about this @  http://bit.ly/1AOnLkm

This Feel Free Friday post focuses on this year’s comrades marathon, which has just passed. Held in South Africa, the comrades marathon is an internationally recognised ultra-marathon, 90 kilometres long. Every year thousands of participants take on the challenge of running this marathon.

You might be wondering how this links to bees?

Well, this year one special Rastafarian, Farai Chinomwe, ran backwards to raise awareness about the plight of bees. This is quite a feat, as it is difficult enough to run this race forwards let alone backwards.

Farai Chinomwe

Farai Chinomwe running backwards for bees, at the comrades mararthon (South Africa 2015)

Farai is a bee-keeper himself and I thank him for drawing attention to bees in this way.

BTW: There is a vegan blogger who “joggles”. This is juggling while jogging. Check out his blog @

https://wildjuggling.wordpress.com/about/

Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who are exploited for human greed!

PETITION TO STOP FUR FARMS IN GREECE

More than 2.500.000 minks are killed in Greece every year. New fur farms are under construction.

Please help us stop the rapidly expanding fur farming in Greece.

The petition @

https://www.change.org/p/panagiotis-lafazanis-ban-fur-farming-in-greece

Mink for campaign

“In recent years in Greece, there is an increase in fur farms in the region of West Macedonia. West Macedonia is divided into the regional units of Florina, Grevena, Kastoria, and Kozani. In 2011 there were 43 fur farms in Greece. According to the figures from the Ministry of Rural Development and Food  (March 2014), fur farms have increased to 105!

Kastoria – 45 fur farms

Kozani – 50 fur farms

Grevena – 8 fur farms

Florina – 2 fur farms

Mink, the main specieS of animals reared in fur factory farms in Greece, is still essentially wild animal. They are unsuitable to be kept for production purposes. These animals spend short and miserable lives in small wire cages, only to be gassed to death when their pelts are at their prime.

The conditions under which fur farmed animals are kept do not satisfy their behavioural needs. Their caged environment is monotonous and physical exercise is restricted. The animals are also unable to express their species-specific behaviours. Foxes, for example, are denied the opportunity to dig, while mink have no access to swimming water and cannot avoid social contact.

As a consequence, animals on fur farms have routinely been found to exhibit stereotyped behaviour (such as pacing along the cage wall, repetitive circling/nodding of the head, etc.), as well as self-mutilation (i.e. sucking or biting of the animal’s tail fur, or other parts of the pelts). Infanticide and cannibalism has also been reported.

Fur farming is already banned outright in Austria and the United Kingdom. It was also banned in Croatia from 2007 with a 10 year phase-out period for existing farms. In December 2012, the Netherlands, which is the EU’s second largest mink producer, passed a ban on fur farming and will phase-out mink production entirely by 2024. Slovenia also banned fur farming in March 2013 with a three year phase-out for existing producers. Proposed legislation to prohibit fur farming is also currently being considered in Belgium, Estonia and Israel. Italian region Emilia Romagna also moves towards ban on fur farming.

The fur industry is keen to promote itself as a ‘green’ and sustainable industry. Fur is often presented as a ‘natural’ product, but in reality it requires a lot of processing, transporting and inputs before it can be made ready to wear.

We call on to the Greek Government to stop any investment on new fur farms and to ban fur farming in Greece”.

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