While about twenty protesters stood out in the cold holding signs and passing out literature in front of Schumacher Furs last Saturday, another half dozen protesters stripped down to g-strings and shoes, some with strategically placed anti-fur stickers, others with anti-fur slogans written on their bare skin with black ink.
Meanwhile a crowd gathered across the street, fascinated by our protest, and more than usual amounts of educational literature were distributed. Why would people take off their clothes downtown in 37 degree weather? To drive home the point that we'd rather wear nothing than wear the product of intense animal abuse and suffering.
How cold were we? As cold as the heart of the fur trade in which not one single law protects the animals from horrendous abuse. It is documented that some animals are literally skinned alive for their fur. Dogs and cats are used for their fur in China, often kept in battery cages until they're clubbed and stomped on - then their fur is ripped off, mislabeled (no one wants to wear Fido or Fluffy), and shipped to other countries. When it comes to fur, no one can really know what kind of fur they're actually wearing unless they pay for an expensive DNA test. For this reason the fur industry can deliberately mislabel fur with little likelihood of prosecution (of course all animals are important to us, but some are surprised to learn this about domestic animals). See http://www.furisdead.com for info and videos about how animals are used in the fur industry.
The nearly bare protesters braved the cold for an hour and a half, chanting slogans and doing street theater in front of Schumacher, then they took their signs and ventured down to Pioneer Courthouse Square to spread the word about Schumacher and the fur industry. Meanwhile the only activity in and out of Schumacher was the pathetic sight of a single security guard frantically running around with his camera as if he'd never seen naked people before.
Several police cars slowed down as they passed, then drove off without stopping. Like the boy who cried wolf, Schumacher may have called the police one too many times to be taken seriously even by them anymore.
Thanks to all who froze in the cold for the animals. The animals deserve our energy, our passion, our creativity, and our bravery in their defense. Passers-by were attracted to a lively protest, and we were able to entertain and educate the public, while shaming the fur hags and vendors.
Come join us in front of Schumacher Furs (SW 9th and Morrison) this and every Saturday starting around 12:30ish and going until 4:00 or later. Signs, leaflets, vegan treats provided. If you can't make it on Saturday, there are 6 other days just begging for Schumacher attention. Help us speak up for the animals!
P.S. Don't forget to attend the educational meeting on Sunday February 26th at Free Geek (1731 SE 10th Ave.) from 4:30 to 6:30 pm organized by In Defense of Animals. The topics will include Legal Observing, Jail Support, and Knowing Your Rights as an activist. Presenters will include Dan from Copwatch, an unnamed attorney, and Patrick from Lewis and Clark law school.