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POSSUMS: didn’t want to be there

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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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Humans can be the most selfish beings on this planet.

They create problems with natural eco-systems and then choose the easy solution, which invariably means killing the “unwanted” species.

Take the case of possums, for example:

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Mommy possum with her babies

The Australian brush tailed possum was introduced to New Zealand in 1837 to establish a fur trade. In New Zealand there are no predators, which resulted in the increase of the possum population.

Now, according to the New Zealand department of conservation, “the possum has become one of the greatest threats to our natural environment”. Possums are, therefore, considered to be “pests”.

This of course gives people permission to exploit the situation to make money. Every year, over one million possums are trapped and skinned for their fur in New Zealand. These possum fur items are also sold for large sums of money in other countries.

No wonder Sue Boot, whose company Simply Bush harvests around a million possums a year, looks so happy.

(Photos by PETER MEECHAM/FAIRFAX MEDIA).
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Sue Boot at the Earle Street Design store in Parnell, Auckland.

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Possum fur throws can fetch thousands of dollars. However, it requires 16 treatments to manufacture a throw, which has a negative environment impact.

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3 Comments

  1. veg4life says:

    What a vile, disgusting and sorry excuse for a woman!!! Wtf is wrong with her?! Women with no compassion makes my blood boil!!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. gcottraux says:

    I had no idea.What a horrible situation. I’m reading a book by Christopher Locke entitled Persimmon Takes on Humanity that has made me even more sickened at the exploitation of animals for their skins and fur.

    Like

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