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Schumacher Furs Protest Report, January 28

In business since 1896, the Schumachers still don't seem to be able to figure out an ethical way of making a living. But perhaps 110 years of cruelty and getting rich by exploiting those weaker and unable to speak up for themselves is coming to an end.
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.

a photo 30.Jan.2006 13:29

.

keep up the good work
discarded bodies of animals used for fur
discarded bodies of animals used for fur

3439 NW 126 Avenue 30.Jan.2006 13:40

Ex security

KC Just in case you are ever threatened or harassed by anyone working at or for Schumacher Furs you might want to contact Mark J. and Kathrine L. Schumacher. If Mark is not at his place of employment you might be able to find him at home, 3439 NW 126 Avenue in Portland.

Ex Security 30.Jan.2006 14:01

kc

Thank you! You made my day!

That's Some Photo 30.Jan.2006 14:28

a activist

That's some photo. Would make a great protest poster. Perhaps those who are more computer savvy than I can find a way to make it so and add it (several copies would be cool) to the collection

Not a grea photo 30.Jan.2006 15:29

jason

Yeah, go ahead and make the poster and then you can join up with the pro-life folks and thier fetus pictures in competition for worst political argument.

Of course the photo is gross, but that doesn't mean much. Open heart surgery looks gross, should we avoid it? Eggplant Parmesan looks pretty gross, but I like to eat it.

Anyway, I'm being flippant, but my point is that graphic images don't do much unless the viewer agrees with you allready.

So stick to moral reasoning, conversation, and facts if you want to get folks on your side (which I am, by the way).

Anyway, the photo is appropriate for Indymedia, because it reminds activists what we are fighting for, but blowing it up for a poster seems to me like a bad idea.

Who knows 30.Jan.2006 16:10

**

Who knows what works. Personally when I saw the Chinese fur video I was so moved and saddened I decided right then to do what I could for these animals and have been to every fur protest. I think its ok to show gross pictures to the Schumachers but not to children walking by. Anyone refusing to reason and going on into the fur store is fair game for photos that would perhaps stick in their psyche and make an impression. Its best to try to reason with people and educate them which would apply to most people.

May Be a Point 30.Jan.2006 16:56

a activist

Jason, you may have a point that this shot would only turn folks off. So I will reconsider displaying it in public. However, open heart surgery it is not. What was done here did not help those animals. And abortion it is not. Each one of those animals is a being who feels fear, love, and pain. What prompted my comment is the numbers of individuals discarded for vanity's sake. This is the real fur coat. An aborted fetus is not the real mother.

Graphics work 30.Jan.2006 17:36

@sh

for some and don't work for others. I think it is better to play the odds and show the murder. The concept of the fur industry is kind of a sterile image in the minds of a lot of folks. It's good to show the reality of it.

Red Suspenders 30.Jan.2006 17:43

"""

Did you take any photos at the protest? If you have anything would you post them? Thanks-

Torture poster 30.Jan.2006 18:04

D

What about another type of pic for a poster. One of the animals being held in captivity or one of them being skinned alive?

My Pleasure , KC 30.Jan.2006 18:44

Ex Security

Oh, believe me, KC, the pleasure was all mine!

actually, I posted the photo for 30.Jan.2006 18:54

.

the story if it becomes a feature here.

Ex security - I know that Greg Schumacher is the squat Barry Manilow looking dude. But who is Mark? Is he the crazy old Schumacher who works there on Saturdays?

Targeted Viewing 30.Jan.2006 19:04

yarrow

What follows is by way of brainstorming, and not a declaration of crystalized personal opinion with intent to foist it on anyone:

With a view of _targeting_ the exposure of the defurred remains, while not just blatently having it on display throughout the duration of the vigil (which is more in line with the fetus fetishists' gatherings), could the image be shrouded, and then quickly flipped open for a personal focused view, with dialogue from a vigiler, by an individual poised to enter the establishment--a shopper with obvious intent to consider or buy a disgraced product. This way _one person_ sees it personally for a short time, and it isn't just being flamed to the world at large.

The image is compelling and should be used for targeted effect, while not being a cause to diminish the impact and gravity--and moral justice--of the ongoing vigil as seen by the world at large. I suggest that its exposure should be restricted to the sub-group of persons in the buying/shopping channel going into the establishment. They are the ones who are implicating themselves in the issue, distinct from all the passers by in front of the store.

An alternative might be to have the enlarged image visible to the inside of the store, but not to the outside world at large.

I wouldn't suggest handing the image out to these potential patrons, on a postcard sized format, for instance.

my $0.02.

Mark, Gregg and Carl Schumacher 30.Jan.2006 19:35

Ex Security

I can't tell one pile of shit from the other but no Mark is not the "old one."
Here is the run down:
Mark Jeffrey Schumacher was born November 4,1951 he is married to Katherine L. who is 55. Mark is the secretary of the Schumacher Fur Corporation.
Gregg Alan Schumacher was born August 30,1955 he is married to Francine Deburry-Schumacher she is quite younger than her husband. Gregg is the registered agent for Schumacher Fur Corporation. He just recently sold his home at 11104 SW Lynnvale Drive in Portland.
Carl Louis Schumacher is the father can't recall his exact birthday but he is 78 years old and is the president of Schumacher Fur Corporation.
It pays to keep your eyes and ears open.It doesn't pay to screw those who work for you.

OK, maybe eighteen grand for a warm coat isnt so bad 30.Jan.2006 20:06

red suspenders

Paying $350 for crossing the street does put those fur-store prices in perspective. Still probably going to go with the yoga lessons for the wife's birthday though.

The strange thing about this is, and a big part of what draws me to the event. Nobody in there, or going to the store actually wears a fur coat. (unless you count the dog) A female employee came outside to stand in the door and scowl at the protesters, she wore a sleeveless top. It was cold out there. Many of the protesters were wearing fur- most of it was nylon I suppose.

In fact many of the items in the store are dyed, sheared, peiced together so that they look like anything but animal pelts. heres a picture of one of thier window displays, complete with a gooeey valentines day card- A few of us were trying to determine what the item here is. I suppose they used scraps from other garmets to create this one.

Dying a beautiful pelt bright red or pink, almost seems disrespectful to the poor beast that gave it up.

And, if you watch those commercials, you never really do see a fur coat at all.

Nobody answered my question last week about thier feelings on using the fur from an invasive species (Nutria) to make a warm coat, here in the United States, to compete with all the made-in-china outerwear.

Question for Red Suspenders 30.Jan.2006 20:44

??

In your first photo who is the man wearing the long leather coat and what is he holding in his hand?

Targeted Viewing 30.Jan.2006 20:56

yarrow

What follows is by way of brainstorming, and not a declaration of crystalized personal opinion with intent to foist it on anyone:

With a view of _targeting_ the exposure of the defurred remains, while not just blatently having it on display throughout the duration of the vigil (which is more in line with the fetus fetishists' gatherings), could the image be shrouded, and then quickly flipped open for a personal focused view, with dialogue from a vigiler, by an individual poised to enter the establishment--a shopper with obvious intent to consider or buy a disgraced product. This way _one person_ sees it personally for a short time, and it isn't just being flamed to the world at large.

The image is compelling and should be used for targeted effect, while not being a cause to diminish the impact and gravity--and moral justice--of the ongoing vigil as seen by the world at large. I suggest that its exposure should be restricted to the sub-group of persons in the buying/shopping channel going into the establishment. They are the ones who are implicating themselves in the issue, distinct from all the passers by in front of the store.

An alternative might be to have the enlarged image visible to the inside of the store, but not to the outside world at large.

I wouldn't suggest handing the image out to these potential patrons, on a postcard sized format, for instance.

my $0.02.

in the first photo 30.Jan.2006 21:09

.

the man wearing the leather coat is one of the Schumacher security who was so eager to get the license plate number (rushing out at the end so he could shout it out). He took photos throughout the protest. Maybe it's a camera in his hand?

Ex security - 30.Jan.2006 21:32

curious

we would love to hear some stories of your employment there, and about your bosses. You have a rapt audience!

Why would you hurt us? 31.Jan.2006 03:39

Mr. Nutria

My ancestors didn't ask to be brought here and now me and my friends and family are trying to get by best we can. Besides, maybe I have something to offer in the way of analysis to your observations. For example:

>> It is beyond fascinating to me that the salespeople in there dont wear the clothing.- but, then again, it isn't clothing, it's pure status. Still- if you walk into a jewelry store the salespeople are wearing jewelry..

>> The strange thing about this is, and a big part of what draws me to the event. Nobody in there, or going to the store actually wears a fur coat.

There are stores which encourage or even require employees to display or wear store products, it's free advertising after all. But part of the reason to buy fur is that you know the employees can't afford it. If a fur buyer walked into a fur store where the employees were wearing fur you can bet they won't be buying anything since they have no desire to look like someone who would work a retail job.

>> And, if you watch those commercials, you never really do see a fur coat at all.

Being a nutria I don't watch tv but I think this is an important observation. I suspect that most clothing and footwear commercials display the actual product. But not so for fur, perhaps I'll leave that analysis as an exercise for the reader.
Mr. Nutria
Mr. Nutria

On "invasive" species 31.Jan.2006 07:06

CatWoman

Until humans are recognized for the truly destructive and invasive species that they are, I do not want to hear about "invasive" species. I know, a lot of people will disagree with me on that. But I love starlings, and brown rats, and nutrias. Every, single one of them is a living being deserving of the respect and integrity that all beings deserve. The world is not a museum, where each species must be segregated to its ancestral homeland to be appreciated. And we are no one to be playing God, patting ourselves on the backs for nurturing one species while destroying another.

So no, Red Suspenders, it's not cool to make coats out of nutrias either.

Terrorist death threats should be recorded 31.Jan.2006 12:06

HLS (Herbivoire Licking Schumachers)

If the guard's threat could have been captured on tape, that would have done wonders for exposing the store, complete with demands to inprison the guard for making terrorist threats.

Tape recorders should be running all the time.

Fido and Fluffy 31.Jan.2006 12:54

shedevil

My $.02 is that the best way to get the uninterested involved is to remind them how much they love their pets and how animals just like Spot and Tiger are being skinned and tortured not just by the Chinese but, according to an earlier local poster, trappers in Oregon as well. It might actually be possible to get them to connect the dots and realize all critters are worthy of respect. Of course they'd have to change their lives.I don't think fur's ever been very popular around here because of the wet weather-who wants to smell like a soggy animal? Not too romantic, eh?

Fur Popularity 31.Jan.2006 13:27

kc

The problem is even though full lenghth coats are on their way out, a lot of people buy fur trim. About 90% of cage-raised foxes, for example, become trim on appearel. According to labeling laws if a furry item cost less than $150 it doesn't even have to be labeled. Many consumers think if its inexpensive it has to be fake. People sometimes buy real fur thinking its synthetic. How can you tell? Look closely- real fur is attached to skin and the fake stuff is sewn onto fabric. If youre not sure, ask a salesperson. If he or she is vague, don't buy it.

I just read this today in the Humane Society Winter 2006 All Animals magazine.

This is why educating the rational reachable people is so important. The Schumacher and their customers may have to reincarnate as animals on fur farms before they get it. Unless there's a spark of humanity somewhere deep in their dark souls.

Wrong info regarding Schumachers 01.Feb.2006 00:36

Joan Bennett

You guys are way off on your info in regards to the Schumachers. Mark has nothing to do with Schumacher Fur company. He left over two years ago. Carl died this last November. If you can't get this info correct, what other info are you misinformed on. Maybe you had better check your sources more carefully.

Who is giving out the wrong info 01.Feb.2006 00:46

John Henderson

Who is coming up with this info on Schumachers. If you can't get it right, don't print it. You are suppose to be checking out all you info to make sure it is accurate. Who is the fucking idiot that can't even get simple info. correct. I am now questioning everything that I have been reading about on this sight. PS, Schumachers have been in business since 1895 not 1896 another mistake on someones part. Get your facts straight.

some info 01.Feb.2006 06:21

platypus

Mark Schumacher is on the board of NAIA - The National Animal Interest Alliance (a true misnomer).
Their site-  http://www.naiaonline.org/
Go into the archives section of the library, click Legislation and there you are, all the info you could ever want concerning their fight against animal rights.

I Stand By The Facts 01.Feb.2006 07:54

Ex Security

I did check and printed only the current data that was obtained. How do you think I came up with the information? More importantantly, why are you defending those who support animal abuse and profit from their pain and suffering?

Don't worry, ex security 01.Feb.2006 09:23

we believe you.

"Joan" and "John" are Schumachers. They're trying to throw you off track. Don't worry. We believe you. :-)

John Henderson 01.Feb.2006 10:15

kc

I read 110 years of being in business. So lets give those animal abusers the full 111 years of supporting animal cruelty for their own selfish gain. These people contribute nothing to make this planet a better place. The world would have been a better place if they had never been born. Their lives are a complete waste and I feel sorry for you if these people are your friends.

Carl Is Very Dead Indeed 01.Feb.2006 13:53

Legal Beagle

Ex Security: I was able to figure out where you had obtained your information and checked it out myself, you are correct, Carl and Mark are indeed listed as President and Secretary to the business.

Joan Bennett and John Henderson: I could not help but notice that you both posted very similar remarks on indy within 10 seconds of one another. How very coincidental. Joannie Darling, you are right, Carl Schumacher is deaceased. I can only assume his demise was more peaceful and pleasant than those of the fur coats hanging in the store windows. The reason Ex Security was not aware of Carl's death is because his sons failed to notify the proper officials of his passing and they did not have the current information on record. You see, a person cannot hold the title of President of a corporation after they are deceased. They also failed to advise appropriate officials they had moved their primary place of business to another location. But not to worry as I took it upon myself to give them the updated information they needed and I am quite sure both Mark and Gregg will be hearing from them in the very near future.
Joanie Dear, could it be, as someone suggested, that you are indeed part of the Schumacher clan? There is a remarkable resemblance in your verbalization skills, you both share a fondness for telling others to get fucked. Are you perhaps offering yourself up? You dirty little tart.
Ex Security: I want to add to your collection of information on Mark Schumacher, he also seems to own a little cabin up in the woods on the Sandy River. You might want to check it out yourself, it is located at 63454 Old Country Road in Brightwood.

For those of you who wish to check out the above information yourself, go to www.filinginoregon.com
You will find several various names associated with the same business.

Thanks Ex-Security 05.Feb.2006 00:04

Sky (veg for almost a decade!)

Thanks for the info, man!
Who knows, maybe I'll stop by and say hi.
To "John" and "Joan":
You idiots aren't fooling anyone. Nice try...
Well, actually, it wasn't nice. It's was pretty damn lame

Does anyone have any info on who those "independant" filmmakers really were or their intent? I'm still curious.

P.S. I'm all for holding a garage sale/vegan bake sale to raise money and buy a projector and screen.
Like I said at the protest, projectors, at least quality, are around $800-1600, and screens are under $200.
I'll even chip in some stuff and help out.

Projector 05.Feb.2006 09:57

Patrick patrick.k.sheehan@REMOVE_TO_SEND_EMAILgmail.com

Sky,

I must not have heard you talking about the projectors. I'm assuming it would serve as a way to show (on a much larger screen) the fur video (and others)?

If so, I've got a few questions:
1) In daylight, how 'visible' would it be?
2) Are there any ordinances against having something like that set-up on the sidewalk?

Assuming the above two check-out, excellent idea.

BTW - You can get projectors for a much lower cost -- granted, they wouldn't be as good, but if I'm assuming the intentions correctly, I think they'd do the job.

who the videographers were 05.Feb.2006 20:00

info

the word is, is that they were hired by the building owners to document any possible vandalism.

To Patrick 09.Feb.2006 15:40

sky

I dont' know much about the use of projectors in daylight. I know that at certain protest events (like last year's Ringling Circus that showed into the night) it would be useful. I have a friend with a projector at home, I could try and ask him. We could also speak to a retailer about how well the image shows up in daylight. I think that if the screen isn't blocking anything, (i.e. walkway, doorway, etc) it should be fine. We'd have to check though. Another cool thing is the picture shows on both sides of the screen when projected, so we could put it out in the open and people coming from both directions would be able to see it. Just give it some thought, I'd be happy to donate my time to raise money for it!

--- Gregg Schumacher no "moral" ,"ethics", and "integrity" 21.Mar.2006 22:25

Peter Wu - San Francisco, CA, USA tutor24x@yahoo.com

To: All that cares and indefense of innocent living and breathing animals


From: "Peter Wu" San Francisco, CA, USA
(who happens to have more guts and balls than the rest of the no good humans that hind behind their outer shell)

Humans in general have done alot of goods in this world, but unfortunately, because of what they do to the animals of this planet are so "evil", "horrific", and absolutely "unjust", and more importantly it is without "morals" and "ethics", to the point that is over shadows all off the goods that they have done. The irony is that in such a modern day, these atrocities towards animals still exists. From my own observations of society and the world, I see that it mainly exists because like most humans, they have the tendency to view other living creatures of this planet as something that they can simply "exploit" for whatever uses that they can come up with. Most of then it is in the name of "profits".

These very same attitudes towards animals are also prevalent in society in general. That is, people go to great lengths for selfish gains and greeds to the point that they even exploits members of their own kinds, and disregards even their own kinds. Look amongs yourself, and your fellow humans, then you will see that is is very obvious without further thinking. The only difference here is that humans can "defend" themselves whenever they are being exploited by others. In the case of animals, they don't have the means to "speak" back at you, or the means of "defend" themselves form "human exploitations".

In the Gregg Schumacher story, he is one of many examples that illustrates the many dark sides of human nature. Where he doesn't "care" for the life of another living organisms, like animals that must "suffer" in "agonizing pain", while being consciously skinned alive somewhere in other parts of the world, so that he can sell his fur products and make lots of profits. He is someone who basically illustrates that he has no "morals" or "ethics", and no "integrity" as an individual human being. Just as long as he can continue to make his profits from the "torture" of defenseless and innocent animals, someone like Gregg Schumacher will continue to do so unless they themselves are being "torture" by the very same methods which the furs are being obtain from the aniamls. On this note, I hope that they almighty Satan will torture him when the time comes. The only difference is that in Hell, it is "eternity".

As for Gregg Schumacher, I wonder how someone like him can actually go to sleep every night, and wake up the next following morning and feel "good" about his existence and have any good conscience. I wonder how he still can exists with the thought in his mind that he is of good nature as a living organism himself ??? I know I wouldn't !!!
If I were him, I would feel absolutely "disgraceful" to even show up in front of other humans. It is more "distastefull" and "disgraceful" the the "shit" that comes out of his very own "ASS".

In general, if humans (including Goverment) continue to view that they have the authority to do as they please with animals of this planet. Then when someday another species from another part of the Universe, comes along to planet Earth. These beings, which are more "powerful" and less forgiving than the humans, and decideds to apply the very same "wisdom" and "thoughts" of "cruel treatments" and "injustices" to the human race, like the humans themselves have done since the beginning of time. Then the humans will realized what they have done towards animals of this planet for centuries is very "unjust" and "cruel". By then, it is too late for the humans to pay for all those animals that have suffered in their hands. It is time that the humans pay for all their "immoral" and "unethical" treatment of animals of this world, especially their atrocities towards animals, with their very own "demise" and "retributions". When the day and time comes of more powerful beings from other parts of the Unvierse comes along, and make judgement upon humans. That is the day when other living organisms of this planet, including other parts of the Universe will be liberated from all the "human trash".

In the meantime, it is those of the good hearted and diligent humans that must fight and defend the justices against those no good and immoral and unethical humans, like "Greg Schumacher".


I leave you with a quote from a famous Peaceful Activists
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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated."
by Mahatma Gandhi
source:  http://www.wfad.org/about/gandhi.htm
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More important quotes
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Vivisection is the exploitation of living animals for experiments concerning the phenomena of life . . . . Such experiments may range from procedures which are practically painless, to those involving distress, exhaustion, starvation, baking, burning, suffocation, poisoning, inoculation with disease, every kind of mutilation, and long-protracted agony and death.

Albert Leffingwell, MD, An Ethical Problem (1914)
There will come a time when the world will look back to modern vivisection in the name of science as they now do the burning at the stake in the name of religion.

Henry J. Bigelow, MD, Surgical Anaesthesia:
Addresses, and other papers (1894)


1920-1945: MAKING THE ETHICAL STATEMENT
The position of the vivisector that man is justified in inflicting any amount of pain on any number of animals, provided the results conduce—or may conduce—to the benefit of the human race is a monstrous one. . . . How far is man justified in knowledge which must be obtained by such means?

by Asa French, NEAVS President, 1920 - 1933

source:  http://www.neavs.org/aboutneavs/history_1920_1945.htm
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 http://www.stopanimaltests.com/index.aspx
 http://itstheirdestiny.2kat.net/
 http://www.pcrm.org/rodney
 http://www.harpseals.org/index.html
 http://www.furkills.org/
 http://www.factoryfarming.com/gallery/photos_video.htm
 http://www.wwail.org/
pictures of astrocities done by humans
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