On Saturday Nov. 24, 2012, In Defense of Animals (IDA), Kebek Animal Rights Association (KARA), Respect Animal, Resistance Animale, and local activists gave a voice to animals that are victims of the fur trade.
Around a dozen animal activists took over the Corner of Ste Catherine and McKay, in front of the store Influence-U. While this is not the only store in the Montreal area that sells parka style winter jackets, the location was appropriate for the event.
Activists were dressed as cave people to let consumers know that there is no reason in modern day Canada to support the archaic and cruel fur industry, only cave people wear fur. History or tradition is not an excuse for cruelty. Some people believe that it is necessary to hunt for certain communities in order to survive. According to John Sorenson, author of Animal Rights, few Canadians make a living primarily by hunting. He explains that although it was necessary for some humans in the past, it is not feasible for the general human population as means of survival.
Posters with messages promoting compassion for animals were held up high for the period of two hours. Three courageous militants impersonated prehistoric characters in order to emulate the theme of the protest: Cave People Wear Fur. Their costumes were made of a printed flannel and synthetic material that resembled animal fur. While grunting and jumping they would point at people wearing fur trim jackets and then kindly offered them information about what fur is and how it is obtained.
With the use of an Ipad, a video was shown to people, and some came close to see how the beautiful animals are trapped and killed for their fur. A woman in her mid twenties wearing a fur trim jacket, after watching the video said, “I am sorry, I did not know this. Will not buy again.” In some people it was clear the concern or the surprise after hearing the coyote cry or seeing him being shot. A woman of Indian origin was surprised when she learned that such cruelty is accepted in Canada. Her precise words were “I can’t believe it.”
Flyers were given out in a vast quantity and signatures for a petition supporting Bill-C-232 were collected. The animal advocates endured a temperature of zero degrees Celsius and it felt like minus six degrees below zero, due to the wind-chill, according to CBC Weather. Even though it was cold, they represented Montreal in the Fur Free Weekend events organized by the animal advocacy group In Defense of Animals (IDA.)
Another event targeting the Canada Goose is being schedule for Dec 22, 2012. This event is an initiative by The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals and will be conducted in Montreal by KARA. More details to come on this event soon.
To watch the Youtube video with the pictures of the event click here
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