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ANIMAL ACTIVISTS OR TERRORISTS?

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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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Erich Fischer Furriers has referred to me and my associates as ‘urban terrorists’. Any one who knows me finds this ludicrous. Although I am a scary sight in the morning, I have neither the demeanour nor the inclination to terrorise any being.

In the morning
‘Just got out of bed’ selfie with dream catcher in background ~ scary

This excellent article in the Intercept explains why there is a trend to label animal activists as terrorists.

Dylann Roof Is Not a “Terrorist” — But Animal Rights Activists Who Free Minks From Slaughter Are @   http://bit.ly/1IqUcqx

Reasons given,… because few things are more menacing to status quo interests than truth revealed in its most visceral form … 

As is true for so many types of violence, the savagery, torture and sadism that makes these industries so profitable will be collectively tolerated only if we are not forced to confront their reality … 

This movement is driven by hard-core believers impressively willing to sacrifice their own liberty in defense of their political values — namely, trying to stop the mass torture and gratuitous slaughter of animals — and that frightens both industry and its government servants; that animal rights as a cause is gaining traction worldwide makes the threat even more alarming …

So much industrial profit depends upon extreme, constant torture and slaughter of animals is something regarded as, in essence, a sacred right … there’s a strong human incentive to avoid thinking about what is done to animals”.

In order to undermine animal rights activists they are labeled and sometimes imprisoned for acts of “terrorism”. Ben Rosenfeld, a lawyer who has extensively represented animal and environmental activists, believes that “calling this terrorism is utterly irresponsible and offensive to victims of real terror.

This terminology is clearly a strategy of intimidation to criminalise and subdue dedicated animal activists and prevent exposure of the truth.

For example: In the United States,factory farms that produce furs are among the cruelest and most sadistic anywhere, imposing extreme amounts of suffering and torture on the animals they slaughter — both in terms of how they confine them and then kill them“.

Those complicit in the fur trade do not want consumers to see graphic photos such as this one of mink carcasses after they have been skinned. This could just stop people from buying fur items.

Photo taken by PeTA in an undercover investigation of fur farms in USA

Lauren Gazolla, who was imprisoned for 40 months in 2004 for her nonviolent animal rights activism explains that the animal rights movement “strikes at something fundamental. It challenges a way of life: So much of how much we live our lives is based on massive violence against animals, and the more brutal these industries are, the more profit they make.

Makes sense to me!

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7 Comments

  1. Stacey says:

    Absolute rubbish! THEY are the terrorists for what they do to animals! Unconscionable lack of soul, common sense, and compassion. Monsters!!!

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  2. Mignonne van Heerden says:

    People who sell fur is despicable. They cannot even hide behind the excuse that they are killing an animal for food…. not that it is ANY excuse. It is just to pamper HORROR personalities in the skin of another living being, stuffing their own pockets full of money. There is NO excuse for barbarism.

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  3. melouisef says:

    It is always about the money 😠

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  4. ravenskeeper says:

    Reblogged this on Ravens-Tree.com and commented:
    The truth is powerful which is why they like to keep it hidden or covered up. Dark minds, dark souls, dark actions! Heinous trade.

    Liked by 1 person

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