It was cold and wet on Wednesday March 29, but still a great day to stand with friendly and compassionate protesters. Nine people held signs and passed out literature for a couple of hours on Wednesday to educate the public about the cruelty of the fur trade. Protesters brought bagels and other snacks to share, and lots of supportive comments from passersby let us know that fur is dead in more ways than one.
A couple of reporters (Channel 8 and the Oregonian) came by to ask questions, as well as someone who heard about the protests on Lars Larson's show. After a long discussion, even he had to acknowledge that the protests must be successful if he was so inspired to come all the way downtown just to stand with us and discuss the issue. Even when people approach in an initially negative way, these protests encourage those who previously weren't thinking about fur at all to eventually think about the ethics of whether fur is o.k.
Also, on Tuesday March 28, several protesters held a quiet vigil in front of Schumacher with a candle and a picture of an animal killed for her fur. Due to this, Schumacher locked the store doors.
Holding a protest sign or picture up to the Schumachers is almost like holding a cross up to Dracula. Except when it inspires them to come out screaming threats and obscenities - that part even Dracula wouldn't do. Maybe the analogy falls apart, but it's hard not to think of mythic darkness when standing next to a shop containing the fur of thousands of tortured and needlessly killed animals. See http://www.furisdead.com for info and videos about how animals are used and abused in the fur industry.
Feel free to give Schumacher some attention on any day of the week you can make it. You will make a difference. Animals deserve better than what they get in the fur trade, and we think that Portland is too compassionate to support a store like Schumacher Furs.