Louise is an animal activist, passionate about the causes which she supports and using her free time in between concerts and recordings to work as a wildlife and animal defender. Dedicating most of her music to different animal causes, she writes songs for wildlife and animal protecting organisations, also creating videos and artworks in support of their salvation efforts.
In 2010, she became the godmother of HOOFS2010 Inc, a non-profit organisation dedicated to protect the Australian wild horses, the Brumbies, composing a special song and creating a video titled "Heart of Australia" for them. She then supported the salvation of the critically endangered Amur leopards with a song and video dedicated to their cause, artistically representing Russian and French organisations focusing on halting their extinction. In September 2010, she was asked to composed the song for the official opening of Pawfect Nation, a Public Benefit Organisation established in earlier that year by a team of passionate animatarians in South Africa.
In 2011, she was requested to write the song for "WEEAC", the "World Event to End Animal Cruelty". She wrote "The Time Has Come" and also created a video for the occasion. Passionate about the abolishment of using animals in experiments, she regularly contributes to the fight against vivisection, having written a song, "Vivus Sectio" in October 2011, also turning it into a powerful video. In February 2012, she spoke out against crush videos with a short film dedicated to the efforts of "Stopcrush.org", helping the cause to become more widely known. In March the same year, she joined the team of "Seals of Nam", writing a special song about the plight of the Cape Fur seals, and in May 2013, she filmed a PSA in collaboration with the organisation and UGAWEProductions, speaking out against the seal slaughter on their behalf.
She is the artistic spokesperson for "Howling For Justice", having dedicated her song, "Howl Across America", as a contribution to the events in August 2011, the latter which was organized by NIWA (Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance), Wolf Warriors, Howling For Justice and individual wolf advocates around the world, all protesting against the killing of wolves. She continues to represent them and various other pro-wolf organisations, spreading their messages in support of the wolves through her music, videos and artworks. In 2013 she was appointed godmother of Wild Focus, a non-profit pro-wolf Belgium organization. Her songs and videos in support of elephants, whales, chimpanzees, rhinos, penguins and many other animals and birds are used by organisations around the globe to further their causes and to spread their messages of defending wildlife. She also speaks up against various environmental issues, as well as defending the rights of humans through her honest songs.
Her own words, as projected in her video of "Just Love", perfectly sum up the way that she looks at life and also aims to live it: "Human, animal and nature; we all share the same earth. We are all visibly connected. We have kinship with all that exist. Every existence on earth is affected by our every thought, action and belief; equally deserving freedom, protection, compassion and respect."
Godmother of Wild Focus
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Athens, Greece – June 10, 2013 - When Wild Focus, a non-profit Belgium organization working towards saving wolves, approached the South African musician and performance artist, Louise du Toit, with a proposal for her to be their artistic representative or "Godmother", she accepted it with vivid enthusiasm, realizing the great possibilities of supporting the well-being of wolves through such a special collaboration.
In her own words: "I am much honoured to have been invited by Wild Focus to represent them as their "Godmother". As predators, wolves are vitally important for a healthy Eco structure and they deserve our full support and defence. The Wild Focus team, with Annette Bruck as its president, is doing remarkable work towards the defence, protection and salvation of the wolves and wolf hybrids in Europe. I look forward to collaborating with Wild Focus and I am grateful for the opportunity to defend these magnificent animals through this great association.
I would like to quote Henry Beston, who said the following:"The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations,caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth."
The Cry of the Innocent
"The Cry of the Innocent" is a PSA in defense of the seals of Namibia, in collaboration with the "Seals of Nam". It was filmed by the UGAWE Productions team at the Polytechno on the island of Corfu in Greece and released in May 2013.
Louise du Toit and Weldon Lee
WELDON LEE, a world-renowned wildlife photographer based in the USA, and Louise is collaborating to create a series of special DVD's which will consist of her music and his images. The DVD's will contribute to the plight of different animals in need of support. The first endangered animal which will benefit from this beautiful collaboration between Weldon and Louise is the magnificent wolf, with his images and her song, "For Every Fallen Wolf", combined to be made into a short video. Click HERE to listen to the song and HERE to read the latest update about the project.
Following the wolf, is the amazing Spirit Bear. "Song of the Spirit Bear," along with a selection of images of the photographer Weldon Lee, will be featured on a DVD that will be used to raise awareness and money for the protection of this beautiful animal which is critically endangered because of loss of its natural habitat in the British Columbia. Listen to the "Song of the Spirit Bear" HERE.
Also, a special post with more information can be found HERE. Read all about her intriguing experience of writing the "Song of the Spirit Bear" in her BLOG, from where she will regularly share her thoughts.
Louise du Toit is the founder of UGAWE(Uniting Global Artists for Wildlife and the Environment), a production team working to create videos in defense of animals and the environment. Its members are all native or adopted Corfiots: Nasos Grammenos, Aggeliki Armeni, Nikos Anthis, Stamatis Koulouridis, Jason Hamilton-Fowle, Vivian Mikalef and Alexis Papageorgiou. UGAWE will be producing Public Service Announcements for organizations from all different corners of the world, each one supporting the protection of wildlife and our planet.
Their first PSA, one in defense of the seals of Namibia and in collaboration with the "Seals of Nam", was titled "The Cry of the Innocent".