On November 8, approximately 30 protestors let Schumacher furs (811 SW Morrison) and Nicholas Ungar furs (1137 SW Yamhill) and their customers know what they thought of their shameful participation in animal cruelty. The proprietors and employees of Schumacher's watched, sometimes smirking, sometimes seemingly dumbfounded, as the protestors called attention to the reality of how fur used for clothing is obtained.
Protestors held signs, passed out literature, and vocally let people know how wild fur-bearing animals are caught in steel-jaw leghold traps (left for up to a week, sometimes dying of cold and dehydration, not uncommonly chewing off their own limbs in an attempt to get free); and how wild caged animals like mink go crazy from stress, confinement, and boredom until they are finally anally electrocuted for their fur. Dogs and cats in China are slaughtered for their pelts (which are mislabeled and sold in the US; link to www.petatv.com). But the proprietors of these fur shops, and their bloated customers, seemed wholly unconcerned by what happens to the animals.
Two freakishly made-up women confidently walked past protestors into Schumacher's, and then oddly became cowardly and asked for police escorts out of the shop. Apparently it's very easy to be part of victimizing tiny mink in cages, but it takes more guts to come face to face with protestors, even in the presence of a ridiculous over-show of police (aren't there any actual crimes going on in Portland?) than these fur hags can stomach. Another woman (who looked like a grotesque cartoon of the already cartoonish Liza Minelli) wearing a fur coat got out of her expensive car near the protestors, and seemed genuinely stunned that police didn't immediately arrest the protestors who dared to say anything about her clothing.
Next, some of the protestors went to Leo D. Weisdorfer's Mink farm (11330 SE 272 Ave., Boring, OR), one of the largest (if not the largest) mink farms in Oregon. Earlier, some protestors had seen that one of his two friendly dogs had gotten out through his supposedly high security fencing (afterwards he kicked the dog). There was a hole under the fence big enough for a large dog to get under! It really makes one wonder how well the rest of the farm is protected.
Leo is an elderly man, whose 40-plus year old son is uncertain about taking over the farm. Protestors gave him words of support to leave the animal torture business. And really, why would his son want to take over a business that is protested and constantly under threat of attack from people with a conscience and concern for those animals being hurt from miserable birth to miserable death? The reality is that liberations and sabotage close down fur farms.
Leo, a paranoid and bitter person (talking to him recently made us think of what it would be like to talk to Ebenezer Scrooge), watched from a distance...once again, it's much easier to torture little animals than it is to face people your own size. What will it take for him to receive the message that it's certainly time to retire from his depraved work. After 30 plus years, this man is alone responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of animals!
Let's continue to let these businesses know what we think about their trade. Every Saturday, starting November 12th until Christmas, people will be protesting from 12:30 to 1:30 (or longer), starting in front of Schumacher Furs at SW 9th and Morrison.
And, no one should be able to walk down the street in Portland wearing fur without a comment from those who care about needless animal suffering.