Campaigners arm themselves with errors: Fur Council



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Sean Mozo and Ashley Pitt cage themselves outside of Aberdeen Centre yesterday in protest of a fur store that recently opened in the mall.


Anti-fur activists crouched in cages in the cold rain yesterday wearing nothing but strategically-placed faux fur to protest a newly opened fur store in Richmond’s Aberdeen Centre.

Other protesters stood on a “bloody” imitation fur blanket holding posters allegedly showing animals mutilated for their fur.

Joanne Chang, campaign director for Liberation B.C., the animal rights group that organized the demonstration, said animals raised for fur often go insane in captivity and chew their paws off.

“At slaughter they’re either anally electrocuted, stomped on, strangled or sometimes even skinned alive,” she said.

Representatives for Pappas Furs would not speak to reporters, but referred queries to the Fur Council of Canada.

Al Herscovici, vice-president of the council, said anti-fur protesters arm themselves with erroneous information and take advantage of extreme scenarios that deceive the public about what’s the norm.

“The people who live on the land … really don’t need lessons about respecting nature from city activists,” he said.

“Any farmer who doesn’t provide excellent care for his animals is not going to stay in business very long.”

The graphic posters, he added, don’t reflect standard practice, adding that the Canadian industry is regulated by the government.

“If that’s how the fur trade really operated I wouldn’t be sitting here working with them.”