Schumacher Furs Protest Report ("The protesters just don't understand!"), March 25
Animals' lives are their right
We have just begun to fight
Apparently, Greg Schumacher told someone this Saturday that protesters "just don't understand" - after all, he himself doesn't actually kill the animals. So, what's our problem with Schumacher Furs?
Hmm. While that Greg is certainly some logician, we'd probably have a problem with any business or person who orders and profits from the torture and killing of defenseless beings, whether they themselves are tightening the wire noose around the animal's neck, or skinning her alive. And those pathetic Schumacher commercials promoting cruelty as glamour, proclaiming, "Want more sex? Get more sexy!" with women in furs don't help the case.
Throughout the day, over 25 protesters stood in the cold and rain to leaflet, chant, hold signs and educate the public about the fur trade. Protesters drew pictures of some of the animals killed for the fur industry (foxes, minks, squirrels) in chalk on the sidewalk. One protester brought his guitar and enthusiastically sang anti-fur songs. We received many positive comments from passersby.
As usual, Schumacher called the police numerous times throughout the protest; it was an easier time for all when sergeant Lee was at the protest the entire time to personally witness that protesters weren't doing anything illegal, despite Schumacher complaints (rather than having them come out constantly at Schumacher behest, obviously irritated by the whole situation). Perhaps Schumacher calls the officers just so they'll go in the store - after all, they're not getting many customers (even the fake ones designed to incite confrontations), even with those 60% off sale signs in the windows. Yet there were six Schumacher employees/owners the entire day - with nothing to do but call the police and try to figure out how to bypass the First Amendment.
There seems to be some confusion on the part of Schumacher as to what holiday season it really is. As most retailers prepare for Easter, Schumacher seems to be having a Halloween theme going on in the display windows. The cheery fake flowers are out, and now a dark, somber (and of course deathly) mood dominates the display. A black mink Mexican sombrero with rhinestone trim, sort of a Zorro meets the fur hag look, hangs next to a tacky black fur hood suitable for your executioner costume. If they're in the gaudy costume mood, we think Greg and Linda Schumacher should go as something completely novel - in costumes so different that no one would ever guess who they were. Why not dress up as compassionate people? As people who care about something other than getting rich off of the pain and suffering of innocent beings unable to defend themselves.
Animals used for the fur trade are objects in the eyes of the law. Not one law is enforced to protect the animals from abuse. Anyone can call himself a fur farmer, meaning he can raise and kill these animals in virtually any manner he chooses. Untrained farmers or their hired help perform anal electrocutions which cause massive heart attacks to still conscious animals; lethal gassing (the animals sometimes awaken, especially minks who are good swimmers and can hold their breath, and are then skinned alive); and lethal injections. However, unlike companion animals who are euthanized by vets with injections of sodium pentobarbital, animals used for fur are often injected with mixtures of chemicals including pesticides and rubbing alcohol. Sodium pentobarbital is both expensive and a legally controlled substance, thus requiring professional licensure to use. The people who run the fur industry have determined that animals' lives just aren't worth the cost. The cheapest methods of death such as strangulation, starvation, and beating to death are often used to keep the costs down. With profit as the motive, quality of life and death for the animals does not exist. Stores such as Schumacher turn a blind eye to where their fur actually comes from, and focus on glamorizing the end result. So, we don't care whether you skin them yourself or have someone do it for you, taking part in this industry is still deeply unethical. See http://www.furisdead.com for info and videos about how animals are used in the fur trade.
Come join us at Schumacher Furs (811 SW Morrison) every Saturday starting at 12:30ish and ending around 5:00 as we fight against an industry that makes a profit from the pain and suffering of innocent animals. We'll have signs, leaflets, a few costumes, chalk, vegan treats.
We think Schumacher Furs, which has shown no mercy to the thousands of animals whose fur is hanging on its racks, is begging for some attention on other days of the week too. Why not use your freedom to speak up for the voiceless?
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