Comment: Is There Really A Need To Sell Fur On Belfast’s Lisburn Road?

Lisburn Road, Belfast. Boutique shops, cafes, gourmet food, upmarket gift stores and REAL FUR.

In a day and age when the cruelties of the fur trade are well known and documented it’s hard to believe there is still a market for real fur coats and accessories, but certain shops on the Lisburn Road obviously believe there is and they choose to cater for it.

Once a month a group of people drawn together by their desire to see an end to animal suffering gather for peaceful silent protests outside those shops on the Lisburn Road known for selling fur.

Members of the fur protest team outside Statement on the Lisburn Road who were selling fur up until the protest and believed to be currently selling fur products

Members of the fur protest team outside Statement on the Lisburn Road who were selling fur up until the protest and believed to be currently selling fur products

The aim of these protests is to raise awareness amongst passers-by that there is still a problem with fur being sold and to act on their conscience and boycott the stores involved.

The protesters have engaged in polite discussion with the shop-owners about the issue who have defended their actions and vowed to continue selling.

So the protests will go ahead until they stop. The protestors who stand in a line outside the shops (so as not to obstruct the pavement) hold placards highlighting the cruelties of the fur trade. Drivers beep their horns in support and people stop to chat.

On Saturday past the protestors braved heavy rain, getting soaked to the skin. But as one protestor said “it’s nothing compared to what the animals have to go through, and we’re here for them”.

To find out how you can get involved email Debbie at debbiedeboo@gmail.com

Members of the fur protest team outside Labels on the Lisburn Road who were selling fur up until the protest and believed to be currently selling fur products

Members of the fur protest team outside Labels on the Lisburn Road who were selling fur up until the protest and believed to be currently selling fur products

 

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Debbie Deboo
Photographer and campaigner with a special interest in fashion, animal rights and invisible illness advocacy.