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Report back from fur protest (for liberator Peter Young)

In honor of Peter Young, who was sentenced to 2 years on Tuesday on charges relating to releasing animals from fur farms...
 http://www.supportpeter.com/
 http://www.animalliberation.net/finalnail/index.html
mink and defender
mink and defender
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!

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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.

moreThanHeroes 12.Nov.2005 00:24

Beznachalie

It has often been pointed out in American Literature that the way people
treat animals is the same way they will treat other people in the
future. Every effort should be made to obtain the names of the people
who benefit from the mistreatment of animals. There HAS to be multiple
databases of the names and addresses of these people. They have to pay
a very heavy price for what they have done and what they are doing. It
is up to those who are against cruelty to animals to start organizing this
database, in the future (near or distant) this information WILL be used
to bring the scumbags to account (even law enforcement agencies who protect
them). If this is not done these people will get away with their crimes.
In my country we are doing this with regard to the abominal cruelty to
racehorses. We have over 1000 names and addresses of such people. Their
movements are constantly tracked and the whereabouts of their families
recorded. Even if it takes 100 years revenge will be taken.

Revenge???? 13.Nov.2005 16:28

Gabe

I don't Believe in revenge? A friend of mine once gave me a poster that said "why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong." The idea is the same in this situation. We must realise that those who would choose to hurt animals are animals themselves and we need to treat them with the same kindness as we would our companions of different species. However we must do everything that we can to stop this horrible cruelty. And it starts with saying "Im here, I care about the animals you are hurting and Hell no I wont go." We spraypaint, we liberate, we love, we march, we pass out literature. But if we try and take revenge not only will we be as bad as our enemys but it will give the media and our foes the ability to demonise our movement(and rightly so). So let us break the Law, let us save lives, let us put up a resistance, but let us not become what we resist, which should be the abuse, internment,and killing of any living animal.

The idea of "revenge" for the 13.Nov.2005 18:45

here

sake of revenge to me is a waste of time. Now, if people thought that torturing animals would bring them some grief in the future, then that's a strategy. But I'm a pragmatist and there is much to be done...

I like this quote:
"The earth is not dying, it is being killed and those who are killing it, have names and addresses." -Utah Philips

but it's not about revenge, it's about strategy.

The Faces of Death 13.Nov.2005 23:20

beagle

Here are some pics of the people who work and own this family business Schumacher furs. This fur store is one of the oldest fur stores in the country. If you know the names of any of the people in these pics, please post them here.
Sick and Twisted
Sick and Twisted
Disgusting
Disgusting
The House of Pain and Torture
The House of Pain and Torture

The Support Peter Young Solidarity Protest 13.Nov.2005 23:33

beagle

Pics
Fashion Shouldn't Cost an Arm and a Leg
Fashion Shouldn't Cost an Arm and a Leg
100,000 Mink Liberated
100,000 Mink Liberated
www.supportpeter.com
www.supportpeter.com

More Pics 13.Nov.2005 23:42

beagle

More Pics
Fur Is DEAD
Fur Is DEAD
Activists
Activists
Don't Buy Fur
Don't Buy Fur

whoops 13.Nov.2005 23:45

beagle

The Picture in the Support Peter Young Solidarity Protest says 100,000 mink liberated. That would be even better...but it is actually 10,000 mink liberated :)

More Pics 13.Nov.2005 23:54

beagle

More Pics
FURDER
FURDER
Another Picture of Schumacher's
Another Picture of Schumacher's
Cop Protecting Pink Fur Coat
Cop Protecting Pink Fur Coat

Leo D. Weisdorfer's Mink farm 14.Nov.2005 00:13

beagle

and then we went to the Leo D. Weisdorfer's Mink farm (11330 SE 272 Ave., Boring, OR), one of the largest (if not the largest) mink farms in Oregon.
The Entrance
The Entrance
11330 SE 272 Ave., Boring, OR
11330 SE 272 Ave., Boring, OR
The Sheds of Death (where the mink are kept)
The Sheds of Death (where the mink are kept)

keep talking compassion 14.Nov.2005 15:10

dana

It was good to hear that protesters took the time to speak with the son. For his father it has been a way of life and he probably wonders what the fuss is about. After all, what is the difference between killing mink to wear them and killing cows, pigs, etc. to eat them? If the son can be convinced that there are less controversial and hopefully more compassionate ways to make a living that would be a huge step.

not revenge, accountability 19.Dec.2005 15:51

bunnygirl

It's not so much about revenge, it's about making people accountable for their actions. For whatever warped reason, the U.S. justice system and law enforcement defend the evil people( animal abusers) and punish activists(legal or nonlegal actions). I, myself, have been falsely arrested on one occasion. Since the law is not on our side, in most cases, it is up to us to make these scumbag accountable to the animals. I'm not talking about violence or killing. More like naming and shaming these murderers for what they are:scum. We have a moral obligation to these creatures. The law does not protect innocent life(human or animal) in this disgraceful country. In my opinion, what is the right thing to do should be what matters in your heart(legal or illegal). Oh! and yes! 100% support for Peter!