When we arrived at Schumacher Furs on Saturday, the store was dark, desolate and "dead" inside. A small sign on the door said the store was closed until Tuesday, for Memorial Day weekend. We decided to stay and remember the 40-plus million animals brutally killed each year by the fur industry, by educating the public about their needless suffering for businesses like Schumacher.
A lively group of protesters spent the day holding signs, passing out literature, hula hooping, jumping on pogo sticks, dancing, and eating cookies. A group of cheerleaders dressed in red and black performed anti-fur cheers for on-lookers. Our free speech wagon greeted passersby with video of how animals are used in the fur industry. Near the end of the day, Gregg Schumacher could be seen driving by slowly, staring, and taking pictures of us. At the beginning of the protest Nick Krahmer, Schumacher employee/attempted murderer, made a point to photograph us from across the street. The Schumacher folks sure know how to have fun on their day off!
Last week a protester gave a flier to a woman who said that her cousin had won KPTV/Schumacher's recent fur coat giveaway. She said that while Schumacher claimed/publicized that the value of the coat was $27,000, her cousin had had the coat appraised and it was actually worth only $3,000 to $4,000. Assuming the story is correct, we wonder how Schumacher's taxes might reflect this discrepancy.
Even Paris Hilton, the hotel heiress, not particularly known for her great compassion and insight, was recently in the news quoted as saying, "I am not going to be wearing fur anymore... I am an animal lover," after being educated about how animals are used in the fur industry. She called the treatment of animals, "Just disgusting." Meanwhile Gregg and Linda Schumacher continue to dissemble to their customers and to the city that fur is "humanely" produced - yet provide no evidence of any kind where and how this is done, what "humanely" produced fur looks like. What does spending days dying in a "humane" steel-jaw leghold trap look like? What does a wild mink confined to a tiny, barren ("humane?") cage for life, deprived of the pools of water she would spend the majority of her time in in nature, look like? What do "humane" neck-breaking, anal electrocution, and skinning alive look like? The Schumachers continue to thumb their noses at compassion, logic, and truth. See http://www.furisdead.com and http://www.furkills.org for videos and info about how animals are used in the fur industry.
Come join us every Saturday at Schumacher Furs (811 SW Morrison) from 12:30 to 5pm. And feel free to protest Schumacher on other days of the week as well. The animals need us to be their voice.