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# FEEL FREE FRIDAY ~ 36

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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 super happy mink in the wild sums up how I am feeling today 🙂

happy mink

WHY?

Because this week (June 2015) the mayor Fernando Haddad of São Paolo, the biggest city in Brazil, signed a historic law that bans the import and sales of fur products in São Paolo.

This legislation, proposed by councillor Laércio Benko and approved unanimously by the City Council in May, aims to ban animal products of extreme cruelty. The law now protects animals such as rabbits, foxes, mink, badgers, seals, coyotes, squirrels and chinchillas whose fur was used for coats and other fashion accessories.

This is a huge step forward to stop the extreme suffering of animals and hopefully other cities will follow suit.

In November last year, the city of São Paolo signed a law to ban the farming of chinchillas, mink and other fur animals for their pelts.

The reason?

“Animals bred for the fashion industry are highly stressed, mistreated and kept in cages that are so small they cannot even move properly,” the law stated.

“All this cruelty makes fashion that uses animal fur immoral and unjustifiable”.

Sao Paolo

Brazil was one of the biggest chinchilla fur producers in the world, after Argentina.

Brazil and chinchillas

Besides fur, the law also prohibits the production and sales of foie gras – duck or goose liver which production involves the controversial force-feeding.

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4 Comments

  1. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Animals in captivity have horrendous lives and equally horrendous deaths!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. ravenskeeper says:

    Reblogged this on Ravens-Tree.com and commented:
    Such good news. May many others follow in their wisdom and compassion. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. This is such great news!! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  4. cinnabar50 says:

    Great news!!!! Progress indeed, such a refreshing change, gives you hope that things will change for the better for the unfortunate animals who suffer so greatly in fur farms.

    Liked by 1 person

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