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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.
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”.
See photos of the full story @ http://bit.ly/2bZHUgZ
Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who life and die in captivity for human greed!
There are inadequate animal protection laws in China,which is the world’s largest fur exporter in the world.
Read more @ http://bit.ly/1gbTPD0
It was, therefore, encouraging to read about this creative yet powerful anti-fur exhibition in China.
To make a strong “point” about the pain animals go through for the despicable fur trade, these fur-creature-statues were constructed out of pins!
They were displayed alongside footage about the fur industry.
Erich Fischer Furriers has referred to me and my associates as ‘urban terrorists’. Any one who knows me finds this ludicrous. Although I am a scary sight in the morning, I have neither the demeanour nor the inclination to terrorise any being.
This excellent article in the Intercept explains why there is a trend to label animal activists as terrorists.
Dylann Roof Is Not a “Terrorist” — But Animal Rights Activists Who Free Minks From Slaughter Are @ http://bit.ly/1IqUcqx
Reasons given, “… because few things are more menacing to status quo interests than truth revealed in its most visceral form …
As is true for so many types of violence, the savagery, torture and sadism that makes these industries so profitable will be collectively tolerated only if we are not forced to confront their reality …
This movement is driven by hard-core believers impressively willing to sacrifice their own liberty in defense of their political values — namely, trying to stop the mass torture and gratuitous slaughter of animals — and that frightens both industry and its government servants; that animal rights as a cause is gaining traction worldwide makes the threat even more alarming …
So much industrial profit depends upon extreme, constant torture and slaughter of animals is something regarded as, in essence, a sacred right … there’s a strong human incentive to avoid thinking about what is done to animals”.
In order to undermine animal rights activists they are labeled and sometimes imprisoned for acts of “terrorism”. Ben Rosenfeld, a lawyer who has extensively represented animal and environmental activists, believes that “calling this terrorism is utterly irresponsible and offensive to victims of real terror”.
This terminology is clearly a strategy of intimidation to criminalise and subdue dedicated animal activists and prevent exposure of the truth.
For example: In the United States, “factory farms that produce furs are among the cruelest and most sadistic anywhere, imposing extreme amounts of suffering and torture on the animals they slaughter — both in terms of how they confine them and then kill them“.
Those complicit in the fur trade do not want consumers to see graphic photos such as this one of mink carcasses after they have been skinned. This could just stop people from buying fur items.
Lauren Gazolla, who was imprisoned for 40 months in 2004 for her nonviolent animal rights activism explains that the animal rights movement “strikes at something fundamental. It challenges a way of life: So much of how much we live our lives is based on massive violence against animals, and the more brutal these industries are, the more profit they make.”
Makes sense to me!
As the representative of Fur Free South Africa I am pleased to report that I am attending a meeting today, Friday 19th with representatives of the well-known animal rights organisations, Beauty Without Cruelty and FOUR PAWS (VIER PFOTEN – Stiftung für Tierschutz).
The aim of the meeting is for our organisations to jointly implement the international Fur Free Retailer program in South African shops.
Read more about this initiative @
This program helps to provide consumers with accurate information about a retailer’s fur policy.
Born Free USA started this fur-free project, which is supported and endorsed by the Fur Free Alliance (FFA), an international coalition of more than 35 leading animal protection and environmental organisations worldwide.
Although Four Paws is the South African representative of this project our three organisations would like this to be a collaborative project, where we each have a part to play.
Collective action works!
Having spent two full days in court this week there is still no conclusion to my trial.
I am back in court on July 24th 2015.
A charge of malicious damage to property was laid against me in August 2014 by a South African furrier who is trying to silence anti-fur campaigners.
This tactic will never,never work, as we will remain the voice for the voiceless!
The petition @
“In recent years in Greece, there is an increase in fur farms in the region of West Macedonia. West Macedonia is divided into the regional units of Florina, Grevena, Kastoria, and Kozani. In 2011 there were 43 fur farms in Greece. According to the figures from the Ministry of Rural Development and Food (March 2014), fur farms have increased to 105!
Kastoria – 45 fur farms
Kozani – 50 fur farms
Grevena – 8 fur farms
Florina – 2 fur farms
Mink, the main specieS of animals reared in fur factory farms in Greece, is still essentially wild animal. They are unsuitable to be kept for production purposes. These animals spend short and miserable lives in small wire cages, only to be gassed to death when their pelts are at their prime.
The conditions under which fur farmed animals are kept do not satisfy their behavioural needs. Their caged environment is monotonous and physical exercise is restricted. The animals are also unable to express their species-specific behaviours. Foxes, for example, are denied the opportunity to dig, while mink have no access to swimming water and cannot avoid social contact.
As a consequence, animals on fur farms have routinely been found to exhibit stereotyped behaviour (such as pacing along the cage wall, repetitive circling/nodding of the head, etc.), as well as self-mutilation (i.e. sucking or biting of the animal’s tail fur, or other parts of the pelts). Infanticide and cannibalism has also been reported.
Fur farming is already banned outright in Austria and the United Kingdom. It was also banned in Croatia from 2007 with a 10 year phase-out period for existing farms. In December 2012, the Netherlands, which is the EU’s second largest mink producer, passed a ban on fur farming and will phase-out mink production entirely by 2024. Slovenia also banned fur farming in March 2013 with a three year phase-out for existing producers. Proposed legislation to prohibit fur farming is also currently being considered in Belgium, Estonia and Israel. Italian region Emilia Romagna also moves towards ban on fur farming.
The fur industry is keen to promote itself as a ‘green’ and sustainable industry. Fur is often presented as a ‘natural’ product, but in reality it requires a lot of processing, transporting and inputs before it can be made ready to wear.
We call on to the Greek Government to stop any investment on new fur farms and to ban fur farming in Greece”.
Feel Free Friday posts are meant to be uplifting, so I will spare you the details of the despicable bear bile farming that is rife throughout Asia.
The Asian Black Bears, also named Moon Bears because of the crescent mark on the chest, are primarily exploited in this industry.
This post is dedicated to all the people who tirelessly campaign to rescue some of these thousands of bears from their lives of torture.
Animals Asia has rescued more than 100 bears who now live in peace on a sanctuary in Vietnam.
Read more about this campaign @
Have tissues on hand, as it is a deeply moving story.
Recently Animals Asia won the fight to release the Halong Bay Bears. To date only two bears, Sam and Simon, have arrived at the sanctuary.
Read about the rescue here: http://bit.ly/1dI3ti1
Although this is a handful of the thousands of bears used for bile farming, it has raised awareness worldwide.
Feel free to support this campaign in any way that you can.
An anti-fur demonstration was held in Johannesburg by Ban Animal Trading and Fur Free SA on Sunday April 12th.
The aim was to raise awareness around the brutal and senseless fur industry.
At 10:30 protesters gathered outside the Firs retail centre in Johannesburg.
Erich Fischer Furriers is a fur shop in the Firs.
Gaby did the face painting. The red paint represented blood.