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FUR: Brushed under the carpet

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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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Photo credit: Anti-Fur Society, Norway

If you wouldn’t wear animal fur then you definitely don’t want it in your brushes ~ makeup and shaving brushes.

Makeup brushes are often made from squirrel, mink, sable and horse or goat hair.

Mink and sable fur brushes are derived from the broader fur industry where animals are kept and killed in horrific conditions.

Squirrels are hunted or trapped and can die a slow agonising death.

Every year, millions of animals are trapped, drowned, and beaten to death in the wild. On fur farms they are gassed, strangled, electrocuted, or beaten and skinned alive.

Shaving brushes are commonly made from badger hair.

The animal hair for these brushes is often sourced from countries where there are inadequate animal protection laws.

Please always be sure that your products are cruelty free.

To guarantee this, rather avoid any type of fur product.

 

 

 

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12 Comments

  1. Winnie Shmaryahu says:

    Hi Emy,

    How do I share this on face book?

    Kind regards Winnie

    Kalunga Trading cell: 082 925 8611 tel: 021 510 0730 fax: 086 671 8908 email : winnie@kalunga.co.za P Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail

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    • Emy Will says:

      Hi Winnie. If you copy the URL at the top of this post and then paste it in FB, it will appear. Otherwise I can email you the link, which can then be pasted onto your FB page. Just let me know. Thank so much for being the voice of the animals.

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  2. As a painter I faced this problem many years ago and even though the quality of a brush stroke and the ease of use is better with a sable brush, I much rather try harder and compromise than know that some poor animal was tortured for me to paint a better painting! 🙂

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    • Emy Will says:

      Thank you so much for that comment, Marina. One just doesn’t think about all the items containing fur 😦 Your painting is absolutely beautiful and of course comes with compassion. Can I please quote you on Free SA’s Facebook page with one of your paintings?

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  3. ravenskeeper says:

    Reblogged this on Ravens-Tree.com and commented:
    Be fur free this Christmas, and always.

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  4. futurovet says:

    This is so important. many people don’t notice what brushes are made of. If anyone would like a recommendation I can recommend Lily Lolo’s brushes. all synthetic, they do an excellent job and and I recently got the 8 brush travel set for my birthday which comes in very handy 🙂
    there are so many good options that there really is no excuse for using real fur.

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