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PETITION TO STOP FUR FARMS IN GREECE

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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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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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12 Comments

  1. Horrific.

    – s.u.t.Cloud

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    • Emy Will says:

      Absolutely, sonmi. It feels like the human race is going backwards in so many ways 😥

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      • So long as we few keep pushing forwards, we’ll gather others who have humanity within them, it’s a slow process, and riddled with heart-ache, but I meet more and more people who are starting to give a crap, and are willing to actually read about such atrocities instead of avoiding their existence. x 🙂

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      • Emy Will says:

        Those words mean so much to me, Somni. There are some days when it feels like farting against thunder – to follow through on the crap theme 🙂

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  2. shared on FB I’m without words… and quite disgusted!
    As long long as there are “human beasts” to buy and wear furs… as long as you continue to turn your gaze from these horrific scenes… these atrocities will continue to happen! This is a barbaric crime which should be punished by law.

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  3. cinnabar50 says:

    This is just so shocking, those poor helpless animals, such treatment of sentient beings has no place in any modern society. I signed the petition and hope we can get this banned in Greece. I am just so appalled not to mention angry, the abuse of animals seems without end, it if is not one thing it is another.

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  4. Heartbraking. Signed and shared. It is beyond comprehension how demand can exist today to fuel farms worldwide. Greed and lies lure those who opt to live in self-denial. May this succeed as well as your efforts in SA.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Nancy says:

    Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".

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