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News :: Environment : Media : Organizing : Politics
Frustrated furrier has "protest sale" during demo
05 Jan 2006
What does Greg Schumacher, of Schumacher Fur Co., do when the persistent protestors are ruining his holiday fur sales with their weekly demonstrations? What any corporate-minded shopkeeper would do, have a Protest Sale! Yes, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and that is exactly what Schumacher did on the last day of 2005 when around 25 anti-fur activists arrived at his shop. Schumacher climbed into the display windows to hang giant signs inside the full-window store front that read, "50% OFF EVERYTHING, PROTEST SALE, (during protest only)." This act of desperation was met with grins and chuckles from seasoned activists who interpreted the "protest sale" as an incremental victory.
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"Now every time he makes any sale while we are here," exclaimed one activist, "His profit margin is going to be massively undercut. We should stay out here even longer!"

Activist pose for a picture in front of "protest sale" sign
protestors wait, wondering what antics Schumacher will come up with next
And that, of course, is exactly what the protestors did, sticking around until after 3 PM, chanting, holding signs and educating passersby with literature about the cruelty of the fur industry. Many Portlanders were shocked to hear that Schumacher supports the Chinese fur industry, and that recent undercover investigations in China have revealed dogs and cats being used for fur, with video evidence of some being skinned while still alive!

Despite the dreary weather, spirits were high, with some protestors calling out to the public, jokingly encouraging them to attend the protest sale.

"It may be 50% off the price, but you'll still get 100% of the cruelty! Come on in! The choice is yours! Anal electrocution, gassing, clubbing, or neck-breaking... you get it how you want it at Schumacher Furs!"

These weekly demos will continue through the fur season, every Saturday, starting at 12:30 PM, at Schumacher Fur Co., 811 SW Morrison. If anyone wants to arrive early or stay late for the upcoming demos, please call IDA and let us know. That way we can extend our protest and extend Schumacher's money loosing protest sale!

homepage: http://www.furkills.org http://www.furisdead.org
phone: 503 249 9996
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