We think Portland is better than this. Fur loses its appeal when people learn the truth about the fur trade.
One of Schumacher's employees admitted that Schumacher gets fur from China. Most of the world's fur (85%) comes from China, where video evidence has shown animals slammed headfirst onto pavement, their backs, necks, and paws broken but leaving them still conscious while the skin is ripped from their bodies. See the reality of the fur industry for yourself at http://www.furisdead.com Fur is an unregulated industry: as far as animal cruelty goes, anything goes.
Schumacher Furs is now having their Valentine's Day sale. Nothing says "I love you" like gifting your beloved with a fashion item that has been made out of the body of a being that has been tortured to death. We also notice their crude television advertising campaign that proclaims, "want more sex? get more sexy," with pictures of women wearing furs. We wonder what's sexy about animal cruelty. We think Schumachers gets away with this because it has gone unchallenged for far too long.
This Saturday I noticed that Schumacher has new security guards to replace the old crew. I suspect nobody likes working for the Schumachers. The police responded to a call from Schumacher on Saturday and could be overheard telling a Schumacher woman (owner/employee?) that she needed to calm down; the officer then said hello to us and left.
There was some excitement when a car turned in front of the MAX train and was hit. Also someone got a $350 jaywalking ticket while taking photos (so be careful where you cross).
Around 5:15 pm the Schumachers turned off their lights and pulled shut the metal gate in the doorway to give the impression they were leaving. But when I returned with the car to pick up the signs one of Schumacher security guards (the heavier bigger one with the short hair) opened up the gate again, came running out, and then started shouting out my license plate number to the other one. I bent up my license plate so the number wouldn't show and started loading up the signs. He then ran over and shouted it out loud (apparently it was still visible). I said, "Are you planning to come over to my house and do something to me?" He replied, "Maybe." This sounded like a threat (if you remember they already threatened a high school student). The Schumachers seem to be very angry, frustrated people, and who knows what they will do next. Since we are doing nothing illegal in protesting outside their store they must be getting desperate.
Thanks to all 25 of you who showed up Saturday (including the drum playing dog) to protest and eat vegan chocolate cupcakes. Lots of people are taking literature, reading the educational display, and thanking us for being there. Each week at least one high school student photographs us for a class project. So the word is getting out and they can't stop us now.
See you next Saturday 12:30ish until 4:00 or later.