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#FurFreeSA :FUR OUT THE FIRS, Johannesburg

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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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It is remarkable that a small group of anti-fur protesters attracted so much attention, as was the case with our ‘Fur out the Firs’ protest on Saturday September 12, 2015.FOF

Background:

Investec ltd. is the landlord of Erich Fischer Furriers a fur shop in The Firs, an upmarket shopping centre in Johannesburg, SA.

This furrier obtains animal skins from overseas fur auctions supplied by fur farms. As with all battery farming, in order to reap maximum profit, everything is aimed at being cost-effective. There is no regard for the animals’ well-being, as they are merely seen as raw material waiting to be harvested (killed).

Wild animals are routinely confined to small, wire-mesh cages and kept in a battery style system. With several animals in a cage there is barely room to move let alone space for activity. They lie depressed and anguished waiting for an agonising death.

Investec knows the facts behind fur produce and for years now there has been public pressure for this corporate to take a fur-free stand.

Investec’s response is that if something is legal it does not care about the ethics of its tenants.

However, just because something is legal does not make it moral!

Anti-fur activists will not stop protesting until the demand for fur items stops.

At our anti-fur protest on Saturday 12th, Jono and Genevieve boldly carried the anti-fur message on them. 

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However, what eventually drew SIX security guards to the entrance of The Firs was our cameraman Dani and myself.

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The guards were clearly not happy with us filming the protest. Why Not?

Surely if business was doing so well, Mr Fischer the fur man would not care?

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Perhaps FFSA should use these photos to recruit new anti-fur supporters. We could say something like, ‘Our country needs YOU to SAY NO TO ALL FUR!’

 

 

 

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