The day after “Thanksgiving” is two things: Buy Nothing Day, and Fur Free Friday. Honoring both, animal rights activsts marched to many of the fur-selling department stores on “Furrier’s row,” Wisconsin Ave near the MD-DC border.
Fur Wars:Episode 1 on Liveleak. Same video in case Youtube kills the sound…
The protest was planned to begin at Andriana’s Furs, but they are not CLOSED, with a sign announcing that their former space is now available for lease. Hopefully the next tenanat will not be a fur shop, and it’s too small for a department store.
After celebrating victory over Andriana’s, protesters marched to Lord and Taylor, one of many department stores in the area known to sell fur products. After that was Bloomingdales, then Nieman-Marcus AKA Nieman-Carcass, and finally Dior, where there were so many problems last year.
This time around, cops responded in moderate numbers and once again seemed to avoid any rash actions that could provoke protesters. The only exception was that Dior left their door locked open for a while, in what was suspected to be an attempt to entice activists to enter the store and then be entrapped into arrest. Nobody took the bait, so this tactic failed.
There were a LOT of people taking pictures, including some suspected undercovers who appeared in too many places to be random tourists.