We made a few valentines of our own for the protest, saying things such as "Be My Bloody Valentine" and "Nothing says I Love You like Something Dead" along with heart shaped cutouts of tortured/dead animals. Animals value their lives as much as we value ours and feel pain as much as we do. No laws govern the fur trade's abuse of animals. Facts the Schumachers choose not to face. See http://www.furisdead.com for info and videos.
The rain let up for the 35 people who came out to protest and eat vegan chocolate cupcakes. Many people stopped to view the DVD provided by in Defense of Animals which showed the realities of the fur trade. Some of us went down to Pioneer Courthouse Square with a stand up educational display and handed out leaflets. There are more and more people showing up on Saturdays, so we were able to expand the protest and educate even more people.
The few customers entering the store looking for a tortured dead animal for their loved one got some individualized attention on their way out. Portland has never been a fur friendly town and it's sad to see people wasting their money on overpriced clothing that (if compassionate people have their way) they will never be able to enjoy wearing (like, how fun is it to be greeted with chants of "shame" as you walk down the street). This is clothing that makes a fashion statement saying "I support animal abuse."
In their propaganda Schumacher Furs tries to claim fur as a great investment. I recently saw a Schumacher label mink stole on EBay for $50. As far as investment opportunity goes, Schumacher furs are more like the Enron of the fashion industry.
So come join the fun next Saturday at SW 9th and Morrison from around 12:30 until 4:00 or later. Hold a sign, leaflet, wear one of the animal costumes, be a voice for the animals. If you like to be loud, this protest is for you. If you like to be quiet, this protest is for you too. All who care about animals are welcome. Stay as long as you can and have a vegan peanut butter cup. The animals would thank you for they could.