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Norway has finally made the ethical choice and will no longer kill seals for their fur.

This is for a number of reasons:

  • The Norwegian government cut seal-slaughter subsidies in 2015.

  • Stringent European Union regulations against importing seal skins and other seal products make it difficult to find outlets for seal products.

  • There is huge public outrage against all annual seal massacres.

baby harp seal

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Canada and Namibia, however, still persist with this barbaric practice, every year, to make money by selling seal pelts to fashion houses.

FUR TEDDY BEARS: not comforting

A French company, Histoire de Bêtes, is manufacturing  teddy bears containing rabbit, mink and coypu fur.

To add insult to injury, these teddy bears have an added piece of crocodile skin for their noses.

Unfortunately this company prides itself on producing its toys “with love”, adding that each toy comes with an “extra soul and softness”.

Honestly, I find this chilling and it certainly does not give me a warm fuzzy feeling!


Photo by Histoire de Bêtes

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FUR TRINKETS: Not compassionate

Of late, I have been horrified at the amount of disgusting fur key rings and bag charms that people are casually displaying.

I can only assume that these individuals are unaware of the extreme suffering to which an animal was subjected for such frivolous items.

Or perhaps they just don’t care!fur-key-ringsI believe that NO compassionate person would knowingly support the fur market in any way, but hey, maybe compassion is an outdated value.


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SQUIRREL FUR: Don’t brush aside

squirrel1If you wouldn’t wear animal fur then you definitely don’t want it in your brushes ~ makeup, shaving and art brushes.

Every year, millions of animals are trapped, drowned and beaten to death in the wild for their fur. They die an agonising death before being skinned for their fur.

Squirrels are hunted or trapped for makeup brushes. Many makeup brushes are manufactured in developing countries where there are inadequate animal protection laws. These brushes are then sold on international markets.

This fur is known as “forgotten fur”, as many consumers don’t realise that genuine fur is used in non-clothing items.

Please always be sure that your products are cruelty free.

Here is the link to PeTA’s list of cruelty free brands for makeup brushes.


FUR TRIM: Cast off

Fur trim is no longer made up of cast-offs from larger pelts, but instead has become a booming industry in its own right. Fur trim is found on jackets, shoes, scarves, trinkets, toys, hair bands, jewelry and sometimes even on full fur coats.ringHowever, despite what people in the fur industry claim, there is NO such thing as “humane” fur. Regardless of the size of the piece of fur, a living creature suffered immense pain only to be skinned for useless fur items.

Please don’t support the brutal fur market in any way

#FeelFreeFriday ~ 88

Whenever an animal gets rescued from a fur farm it feels bitter-sweet to me.

It is a reminder of the millions of animals who live and die under horrific conditions just to be skinned for their fur.

Ferdinand, is one lucky fox who was spared this fate. On 17th August, because of his poor physical condition, he was removed from a fur farm in Chodzież, Poland.


Ferdinand caged on a fur farm (Photo by Otwarte Klatki)

According to Paweł Rawicki from the organisation Otwarte Klatki, Ferdinand “will not be killed and skinned this autumn, like the rest of the foxes and raccoon dogs on fur farms”.

Instead he will “become another ambassador of our anti-fur campaign, Fur Price”.

Ferdinand now lives in a zoo, “safe and sound, he can walk freely on a soft ground, stretch his body, eat good food and enjoy his fox life for the next couple of years”.


Ferdinand safe in a zoo (Photo by Otwarte Klatki)

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Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who life and die in captivity for human greed!

ANIMAL CRUELTY: Not seasonal

September 1st marks the beginning of spring in South Africa. Our senses are now fed by a burst of colour and scent.


The heady scent of Jasmine in my garden

Sadly, the abuse of other species is not seasonal.

We are approaching the time of the year when animals are “harvested” for their fur i.e. killed and skinned.

So even if fur garments are out of sight, please never let the suffering of fur animals be out of mind.


#FeelFreeFriday ~ 87

No wild animal should be kept as a pet.

However, in the case of Vixey the fox, this was her only chance in life. Vixey was rescued from a Czech fur farm.

Her fate on the fur farm, as with thousands of foxes, would have meant suffering in a tiny metal cage where none of her natural needs would have been met. She then would have been anally electrocuted, skinned and her body dumped. Her beautiful fur would have ended around the neck of a vain person or as a piece of decorative trim on a jacket.

vixey 4

Little Vixey ~ safe and sound

As you can see, she is dearly loved and now lives a life of comfort.


Vixey ~ my fur belongs to me

vixey 2

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Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who suffer and die for human greed.

POSSUMS: didn’t want to be there

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:

possum MD

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.


Sue Boot at the Earle Street Design store in Parnell, Auckland.

fur throws

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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