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Walk on the wild side

Winter is around the corner and the bright, bursting colours of Fall slowly fades into soft shades of brown, green, grey, purple and blue…NOW is the time for earth colours! For a week or two it is still possible to walk in the beautiful Swedish mountains and experience this fascinating process.  If you’re very lucky you might see an Arctic Fox! This fine little animal is on the red-list of endangered species in Sweden. But efforts are made to protect and save the Arctic Fox.

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Arctic Fox at Klimpfjäll in the north of Sweden. Photo copyright Michael Eldborn.

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The Arctic Fox was given protected status in Sweden 1928, and Norway 1930, but until then it was hunted large-scale. Since the 1990s efforts have been made to protect the fox and its habitat. In the project Felles Fjellrev Sweden and Norway collaborates, with the aim to help the Arctic Fox survive. Photo copyright Michael Eldborn.


Stalo Adventures is the main protector and guide of Arctic Fox in South Lapland. Video copyright Stalo Adventures.

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Kånken Mini from Fjällräven is a classic for children. It was created in 1978 to help prevent back problems that were emerging among Swedish school children. For almost 40 years it’s been the no 1 choice for generations of Swedish kids. In 2008 Kånken was the first backpack in the world to become climate compensated. Photo copyright Fjällräven. Kånken Mini comes in 40 colours!

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Right now there’s a campaign to save the Arctic Fox and Fjällräven participates with three special models of Kånken Mini. For each sold backpack Fjällräven give €10 to the campaign. ”Fjällräven” is the Swedish word for ”Arctic Fox”.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood 2016-10-25

The Bright Eyed Survivor

In 1985 ALF – Animal Liberation Front, raided a laboratory belonging to the University of California. 468 animals were rescued, among them Britches, a stump-tailed macaque infant. Britches had been taken from his mother instantly when born, had his eyelids sewn shut, and an electronic sonar device attached to his head. He was intended to be part of a three-year sensory-deprivation study involving 24 infant monkeys. ALF filmed the raid and handed the film over to PETA – People for Ethical Treatment of Animals. When published, the story of Britches helped to raise awareness to the horrific abuse of millions of animals yearly in so called scientific research. Now PETA has published a shorter version of the original film. You’ll find both versions below. Let’s put an end to animal testing and cruel experiments on animals by choosing cruelty free certified products, including cruelty free design.

When he was five months old, Britches was flown to Primarily Primates sanctuary in San Antonio, Texas, where he was given to an elderly female macaque who had already raised several orphans. Britches lived at the sanctuary for twenty years, until he passed away in 2005.

The story of Britches, original film copyright PETA 1986.

Animal Rights, Videos 2016-09-17

Dancing into the ethics

As I prepared an update on the Ethics of Design and A Cruelty Free Approach to Design this happy moment crossed my path!

 

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Dog groomer and rescue activist Luis Caballero at Pet Shop Perrito Feliz in Buenos Aires love dogs. Sometimes compassion comes with fun. If you’ve ever shared such a moment with a likewise happy puppy…you’ll never buy a design item made from dog skin. Some animal individuals doesn’t like playful interaction in human terms  and you might end up dancing before your bored or embarrassed (?) pet… but if you are lucky it is a way of building friendship between human and animal. It all depends of the setting: ”Dancing” with an abused monkey, bear or elephant is nothing but misery. Dancing with a puppy as in having fun together may help raise the status of dogs and help putting an end to the dog leather trade.
Video copyright Gabriela Caballero.


Undercover investigation video of Chinese dog leather trade, copyright PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Videos 2016-09-04

I like Kind

Kind is Cool. That’s all.

So many of you readers have asked about the ethics of design, e g how to detect and choose cruelty free design. I’ll be back to you soon with some thoughts on the matter. Today: a pic of me and my pony Kickan. The sweet personality and ever loving friend who tought me how to be kind.

 

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Me and my pony Kickan preparing for a jumping competition (with bars on a 15 cm level). Photo copyright Kjell Bollnert for Aftonbladet (1964).

 

Animal Rights, Friends, Scandimood 2016-08-18

Living your Rights

Living your Dream is good. But nothing top living your Rights! Remember ADI – Animal Defenders International – and their heroic rescue of circus animals in Peru and Colombia? The campaign ”Spirit of Freedom” has now resulted in the relocating of more than 100 individuals to sanctuaries world wide. Here’s the feel-good tale of how 33 former ”circus lions” travel to Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Limpopo, South Africa. The big cats are too old to be rehabilitated and released into nature. But at this well renewed sanctuary they now may taste some of the rights which were taken from them.


How 33 rescued ”circus lions” went home to Africa. Video copyright ADI (2016).

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Scandimood 2016-06-02

Leather is not an option II

Speaking of accessories…Undercover footage by PETA shows the truth behind ostrich leather used for bags, boots, watch bands etc by luxury fashion brands. In the interior design world leather is mainly used for furniture. But now we see a trend where designers make interior ”accessories” in leather or with leather details, claiming leather to be a ”sustainable material”. Nothing could be more misleading. The leather industry is a ticking bomb of toxic pollution. And animals in the leather industry are not bred to become meat. Leather is big business where animals are exposed to massive abuse and suffering, workers at tanning plants risk their health and life, and the environment gets polluted. Thus, the current trend of designers, bloggers and journalists promoting leather as a ”sustainable material” is deeply worrying.


Ostriches killed for Hermés and Prada bags. Video copyright PETA.

The Toxic Price of Leather” from Sean Gallagher on Vimeo. Video copyright Sean Gallagher.


”What are your shoes stepping on?” Video copyright DanWatch.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Scandimood, Videos 2016-04-13

Easter Rabbit?

The Easter Rabbit is no longer a sweet messenger of fun and peace. On the contrary, 700 million rabbits are farmed in Europe every year. They’re abused and suffering in ways you would think impossible. But this ugly business is going on, day after day. You can help by never buying fur or meat from rabbits. Sign the petition from Compassion in World Farming and help end the cage age! Urge the members of European Parliament and EU Agriculture Ministers: Make farming rabbits in cages illegal!


Video copyright Compassion in World Farming.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Videos 2016-03-23

Earth Hour 2016

Join the values of an environmental friendly living by going veggie and make cruelty free your design choice.
Here in Old Town Stockholm, our neighbour, the Royal Castle of Stockholm, will close down their lighting tonight, in support of the Earth Hour. Let’s join! Help enlight climate change. What you do tonight is a manifestation. What you do tomorrow and the rest of your life is what matters.

Earth Hour
19 March 2016
8:30–9:30 local time

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Animal Rights, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2016-03-19

Sweet Valentine

Not only humans are suffering dangerous transfer over the Mediterranean Sea as refugees from the war in Syria and other countries. Many people bring along their pets. One now famous cat, named Dias by the rescue team, arrived with his family to Lesbos in November 2015. As the tiny rubber boat reached the shore, chaos broke and the cat got scared and fled. His family looked for hours for him, but finally had to move on. But Dias came back, was taken in with the rescue team, and a Face Book campaign was started to find his family. In January he was flown to Berlin and fostered to a German family. And today news arrived that Dias aka Kunkush’s family has been located in Norway, where cat and family are now to be reunited.

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Dias arrived by boat on the shores of Lesbos, Greece, in November 2015 with his owners, a family with five children, fleeing ISIS-controlled Mosul, Iraq.

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A campaign was started to find his family.

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After quite an adventure the tiny Turkish Van ended up in a foster family in Berlin.

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A lot of cats and dogs, and a few horses made the journey to Europe as refugees of war during 2015. For pets left behind in war zone’s there’s only suffering.

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Photo copyright: Syrian Pets Recovery, Animals Syria and other animal rescue organizations operating in war zones right now.

Animal Rights, Compassionates 2016-02-14

When Man meet Dog

Robert Bahou has experienced what it’s like to really connect with an animal. Through his portraits of dogs and cats you get a glimpse of that amazing moment when contact is established. Robert has posted his new project, Animal Soul – book at Kickstarter, and it is available until February 24th.

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Animal Soul, book by Robert Bahou, founding video at Kickstarter. Video copyright Robert Bahou.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Videos 2016-02-06

Japik

Remember how the palm oil industry are destroying the natural habitat of orangutans, causing devastating suffering for apes as well as humans in Indonesia and nearby countries? See post at 2015-11-24 below.
This young female orangutan is one victim. She was found sitting on a small wooden platform that consisted of two angled planks with a hole in the middle. Rocking from side to side, she was trying to ease the pain in her limbs, and keep her balance. The short chain that linked her neck to the tree barely allowed her to move. The ground around her was buried in trash. ”After two years on the end of that short chain it’s a miracle she could move at all,” IAR – International Animal Rescue in Borneo wrote in a press release after her rescue.
Palm oil is a very common ingredient in beauty and cleaning products. Among these, you’ll find products you use to maintain your design products!!! In cosmetics, palm oil is labelled Elaeis guineensis but with the food industry, its presence is often less obvious. Any ingredient which includes the word “palm” (palmitate, palmitoyl or simply palm) will include palm oil. Other ingredients which commonly but not always use palm oil include cetyl alcohol, isopropyl, sodium lauryl sulphate, steareths, fatty alcohol sulphates, glycerine, cocoa butter equivalent and cocoa butter substitute. Palm oil is also used in biodiesel. Let’s go palm oil free, or use only certified sustainable palm oil.


A victim of deforestation due to palm oil production. Video copyright: IAR – International Animal Rescue.

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Photo copyright by IAR – International Animal Rescue.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Videos 2016-01-30