Protesters stormed the Victoria Secret around 12:30 pm Wednesday, virtually shutting down business operations for more than an hour.
The activists upon entering the store stripped down to lingerie and night gowns announcing their presence with a bull horn and informing the bemused shoppers of VS's tremendous contribution to forest destuction.
Not only are VS's catalogs non-recycled, they are primarily sourced from Northern Canada's boreal wilderness, the largest intact wildlands in North America. Amongst grizzly bears and herds of caribou, hundreds of rare migratory birds make the Boreal their home. Many of them pass through Chicago on their way to the tropics for the winter. With over 395 million catalogs published annually, VS is one of the leading contributors to forest destruction in the world.
After getting down to their panties, the protesters did a number of radical cheers. Simultaneously, lingerie clad activists with homemade chainsaws chased scantly clad people with cut-out trees. Meanwhile others handed out informational leaflets to passerbys, the vast majority of whom (including a cop or two!) applauded the activists for educating them on VS's actions. A number announced their plans to cancel accounts or call VS to complain! One was so psyched he got into lingerie with us (no joke!!)
After about an hour the half-naked crew left (it was a little chilly out today...) having spoken with hundreds of passerbys on busy Michigan Ave. and successfully shutting down VS's business for the busiest part of the day.
VS was informed that this was just the beginning....
We'll try to post video later (could be a day or so)!
more to come this weekend!
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CHECK OUT http://www.victoriasdirtysecret.net/ for all the background on the issue.