From All Over the NW, Activists Converge at the Seattle Fur Exchange for Regional Action
Renton, WA - Beginning Monday, March 14th, activists from across the Northwest will converge at the warehouse of American Legend Cooperation in Renton, WA. Here activists from Ashland, OR to Vancouver, BC will protest the infamous Seattle Fur Exchange and demand justice for North American wildlife.
The Seattle Fur Exchange (now American Legend Auction) is the largest trading auction of animal pelts in North America and is longest running fur auction in the world. Held at the warehouse of American Legend, the largest farmer-owned cooperative involved in the marketing and sales of mink furs, the Exchange occurs twice per year (March and May) and has been conducting its insidious business since 1898. Since then, it has facilitated the trading of millions of animals' pelts between over 20 countries every year. It is here that the international industry coordinates between farmers, designers, and retail.
"Needless to say, it is a crucial nexus point in the international fur trade, and it all occurs in our supposedly progressive NW home," says a representative of the Portland Animal Defense League. "For this reason, Portland and Seattle Animal Defense League's have combined efforts to challenge the domestication, commodification, murder and distribution of once free-living wildlife."
In recent years, opposition presence at the auction has diminished in spite of even more corruption on the part of traders. A few years ago, traders from New York, Canada, and China began rigging-bids, which led to a Justice Department antitrust investigation. This behavior is reflective of an industry that has been in shambles over the last few decades. Fur farm production is at 50% of what it was in the 1980s and 25% of what it was in the 1960s.
"The sustainability of the fur trade hinges on continued success of the Seattle Fur Exchange. To disrupt the ongoing trading could create a cascading effect felt throughout the entire industry," says ADL representative. "As an industry built upon the brutal exploitation and domestication of wildlife, disruption and abolition are exactly what it deserves."
For more information, please visit: http://pdxanimaldefenseleague.org/