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Video and Reportback for Fur Free Friday, 2006

Today, November 24, 2006, in downtown Portland Oregon about 150 people took to the streets to bring attention to the gross cruelty involved in the fur industry. The protest was organized by the Portland chapter of In Defense of Animals, who this day celebrate a one year educational protest of Schumacher Furs.
Today, November 24, 2006, in downtown Portland Oregon about 150 people took to the streets to bring attention to the gross cruelty involved in the fur industry.

The protest was organized by the Portland chapter of In Defense of Animals, who this day celebrate a one year educational protest of Schumacher Furs. Beginning with a rally here at Schumacher Firs at 9th and SW Morrison, the gathering then toured various fur establishments or shops who sell items made with or adorned with animal fur.
Stops were made at Nicholas Ungar Firs, Sacs Fifth Avenue and Nordstroms, where Matt Rossell, of In Defense of Animals, spoke of the incredible cruelty and callousness involved in the raising, killing and skinning of these animals. In an interview before the march began, Matt said that this torture is, "all about fashion and vanity, and needs to end."

Besides these three stops, the crowd also gathered across from Pioneer Square to educate shoppers about details of the process used by the fur industry in order to bring the fur coats and other fur items to market. These animals are caged their entire lives, often in filthy living conditions, amounting to torture. Sensory deprivation and thirst, among other things, drive many animals crazy. They pace, mutilate themselves, and sometimes even kill their cage mates.

These animals have emotional lives, perhaps not as broad as do human beings, but certainly as deep. Anyone who has had a pet can testify to the depth of attachment, affection and loyalty shared on a daily basis. They can equally feel depressed, frightened, and rage. Watching other animals killed, they know what is coming, and can only remain helplessly in their cages for their turn. And death is no relief, as anal electrocution is the common form of killing them. A metal rod is stuffed up their rectum, and the electricty is sent through their bodies. This form of death is not quick or painless, and often the rod slips out and the animal must endure further electrical shock, before death from massive hear failure.

Matt also described the skinning of these animals, where some may not be quite dead, and awaken to be skinned alive. All this so a human being can wear fur, as a sign of prestige or wealth.

After the tour of downtown Portland, the march returned to Schumacher Furs where they promised, "all your torture, all your greed; we'll be here until the animals are freed." Matt finished off by requesting that we all make this a cruelty free holiday, and not buy fur.

Included in this report is a 7 minute video of the event.
Fur Free Friday, DSL/CABLE Stream
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player 25.Nov.2006 01:19

p

is there any way to get tha video file to play in quicktime?

To player 25.Nov.2006 11:03

Jim

The editing software program I use on this computer, Pinnacle, only gives me the option to save in RealMedia and Windows Media.
Don't know of any way to change this over to QuickTime. Am open to suggestions, if anyone out there can assist me in the above request.

Post a comment to the Portland Mercury about yesterdays Fur Free Friday 25.Nov.2006 13:48

Amy

Our voices need to be heard everywhere..........

 link to www.portlandmercury.com

Excellent video Jim! 26.Nov.2006 11:52

starry

I couldn't make it to the protest, but thanks for the info on how it went.

FUR FREE FRIDAY 26.Nov.2006 12:21

BO-BO

i spoke to a friend in arizona, the event went well there as well.

Yay 26.Nov.2006 17:15

Sky

That video is awesome, I'm so proud of everyone and also feeling very guilty that I haven't been making it to the recent protests, though I have been a supporter since the beginning. It was an amazing protests, we got so much support, and I'm so glad to see that video. I hope more people see it and are exposed to the message we are trying to present: that fur is cruel and unnecessary.

Great video! 27.Nov.2006 02:32

Portlander

I would actually guess that there were more like 200 people there! Great protest.

Nice video :) 30.Nov.2006 01:47

smiley

There were absolutely more than 150 people there. It looked like OVER 200...

And then, a couple days later, Schumacher decides to pack up. I think between the weekly protests, and the outpouring of support on this day, they knew Portland would not be a friendly place to continue to peddle their animal cruelty.

Bravo! 30.Nov.2006 09:58

The Animal's Advocate the_animals_advocate@Yahoo.com

It is very very inspiring to see such a sucess of Fur Free Friday!! It will encourage more activism. If only people believe that cruelty can be defeated by the voice of protest, we would have an end to the fur biz, the circus biz, factory farms and all the rest of the grave injustices to animals.. ACTIVISTS KEEP THE FAITH! YOU ARE DOING WHAT IS RIGHT. IS THERE ANY GREATER FEELING. God Bless