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FUR AUCTIONS: Chilling places

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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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Whether originating from farms or the wild, public auctions are the principal method of selling raw (unprocessed) pelts to buyers from all over the world.

Pelts of similar type, size and quality are sorted into selected bundles, or “lots” that buyers can inspect before selling begins. This means that it is IMPOSSIBLE to tell from which farm pelts originated.

The price for each fur type is determined by market supply and demand. On conclusion of the auction, farmers and trappers receive the full value that was paid for their furs, minus a small fee charged by the auction house.

The major auction houses are:

  • AMERICAN LEGEND CO-OPERATIVE (North America)

  • KOPENHAGEN FUR (Denmark)

  • SAGA FURS OYJ (Finland)

  • NORTH AMERICAN FUR AUCTIONS (NAFA) (USA & Canada)

  • FUR HARVESTERS AUCTION INC. (USA & Canada)

  • SOJUZPUSHNINA (Russia)

    Because fur only belongs on the animal born with it, raw pelts are kept in cold storage and treated with toxic chemicals to stop them from biodegrading.

    I find this chilling!

    Auction

    Muskrat, raccoon, beavers, badger, fox and many other types of furs in cold storage at Fur Harvesters Auction Inc.

       

     

           

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7 Comments

  1. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    I find this chilling too! … America and Canada had to be included, right?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Heather Howe says:

    Arn’t the furs in cold storage treated with formaldehyde?

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    • Emy Will says:

      Possibly. I’m not sure Heather. I do know that the furs undergo further chemical treatment once they have been purchased. I must double check. Do you have a reference? Thanks xx

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  3. Ty Savoy says:

    Here’s an Interactive Google Map showing the Fur Farm, and Wild Fur Industry Sites in NS, and across Canada. If you zoom in, you can get an idea of the enormous size of some of them. ie Willowdale Farms, near Berwick, Nova Scotia..

    I count 109 mink shed buildings. I measured them – each one is averaging 100 meters long. Two rows of cages in each building – Do the math and you get almost 22 km of mink cages, if laid end to end. ON ONE FARM. That would take you from South End Halifax to Middle Sackville. The amount of suffering going on in those tiny cages is beyond my imagination. No empathy, no compassion for these animals is evident anywhere on these ‘farms’ The Map:

    Fur Farm and Wild Fur Industry Sites in Canada
    http://tinyurl.com/kx3cf35

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  4. veg4life says:

    Disgustingly horrendous and vile! Many times I have said I’m ashamed to be a part of the human race and this is yet another!

    Liked by 1 person

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