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Schumacher Furs Protest Report (Earth Day), April 22

Polluting the air, polluting the water
Profiting off the animals' slaughter
pile of skinned bodies
pile of skinned bodies
another pile, fur farm waste
another pile, fur farm waste
an individual
an individual
About 40 people joined us at Schumacher Furs throughout Saturday to protest the fur industry's cruel treatment of animals. We chanted enthusiastically, leafleted, did street theater, made chalk drawings of animals on the sidewalk, and ate vegan food (bagels and toppings, brownies, blueberry muffins, and doughnuts donated to us by Voodoo doughnuts).

It was a good-natured protest, and many passers-by thanked us for our presence and stopped to watch our video of how animals are used for the fur industry. And, despite the invitation by certain AM radio hosts for masses of their listeners to come down and give us a hard time or to counter-protest, that really hasn't come to pass, as people who like fur coats seem to be as apathetic about supporting Schumacher in their unethical business as they are about animal cruelty. However, one man in an old red Corvette convertible pulled up to us and stopped. He started berating us for protesting, while his little white terrier with blue ribbons on her head watched curiously from her fluffy cream-colored dog car seat. The man told us how much he loved fur. One of us pointed out that in China his little dog could legally be beaten to death and made into fur (and then sold in the international fur trade). The man then yelled out a string of obscenities as he peeled out, literally leaving a cloud of smoke. As he sped off, the little dog jumped up in apparent fright, her eyes wide.

As usual, there wasn't much traffic at Schumacher, except for a ridiculous woman who decided to parade in front of us in a fur coat on a sunny, warm day, and who admittedly wanted to thumb her nose at us. Hurting animals for spite is probably not something the evolved person would do. One of the window displays still contains the rolled-up "protest sale" signs shoved to the back, and the dismal fake flowers, but the raggy Little House on the Prairie coat is gone, now replaced by a dark and shapeless fur bathrobe-looking thing. Whoever proclaimed that fur coats are "elegant" has not seen the fashions at Schumacher Furs.

Saturday was Earth Day. Maybe now is the time to clear up any misconceptions put forth by Schumacher and the fur industry that fur is environmentally sound. Fur farms, like any other factory farm, create concentrated pools of waste that contaminate the soil or nearby water sources. Farmers predictably have lobbied for looser environmental standards concerning their waste products. Trapping, besides being cruel, is no answer to farmed fur. Trapping is indiscriminate (a minority of animals caught and killed are the target animal), weakens populations (it tends to trap the healthiest free-roaming animals), and changes the ecological balance, sometimes with disastrous results.

Fashion fur is not the "natural, biodegradable" product that furriers would have one believe. The skin and fur of the animal must be preserved in order to make it useable. This is commercially done using toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, the wastes of which are another environmental headache. So much for biodegradable: an old fur coat might reincorporate back into the earth about as easily as your old Polarfleece jacket does, leaching along with it toxic chemicals.

Making a fur coat takes much more energy than making a synthetic product. The energy needed to produce a fur coat from trapped animals is several times that of producing a fake fur, and the energy needed to produce a fur coat from farmed animals is dozens of times that of producing a synthetic product. While furriers here are still trying to claim their products are the environmental choice, advertising standards committees in England, Denmark, Holland, Italy, and Finland have ruled the advertisement of fashion fur as safe for the environment to be misleading and false. See:
 link to 72.14.203.104
 link to 72.14.203.104
 http://www.animalsaustralia.org/default2.asp?idL1=1273&idL2=1299

If you're as disgusted by the cruelty and waste of the fur trade as we are, please join us next Saturday from 12:30 to 5:00 in front of Schumacher Furs (811 SW Morrison). We will have signs, leaflets, video, and vegan treats. And feel free to go to Schumacher Furs on other days of the week to protest as well. The animals are counting on us.
sorry - it looks like you 26.Apr.2006 02:10

little dove

have to click on the 2 last pictures to get the right brightness. I don't know why they posted like this. The second one is from a Leningrad fur farm. The third shows the condition of an individual on a fur farm - a very sad way for wild animals to be living on Earth Day or any other day of the year.