At last September’s board meeting of the Fur Commission USA, Executive Director and soul patch-wearer Michael Whelan lamented, “A lot of people aren’t sure if there’s still going to be ranching this time next year.” CAFT USA ordinarily hesitates to praise Whelan in any capacity, but with the recent release of the USDA’s 2020 Agricultural … Continue reading Mink Production Meltdown 2020
Following an intense week of secondary targeting, Oscar de la Renta has informed CAFT that they will be fur free by October 31, 2021: “Oscar de la Renta does not use fur in its fashion collections or sell fur in its stores, and will not in the future. In addition, once the [fur contractor] license … Continue reading VICTORY! Oscar de la Renta is going fur free!
Oscar de la Renta Campaign Update: Oscar de la Renta would like you to believe that change is taking place. For decades, ODLR has taken a strong pro-fur stance in the face of protests on the runway and pies in the face. But suddenly, after just a little bit of attention from CAFTivists, they have … Continue reading New ODLR Target: GF Capital
The grassroots anti-fur movement has shown that it is a force to be reckoned with, and if the international week of action from July 5th to 11th was any indication, Oscar de la Renta and Saint Laurent are in for quite the reckoning. Instead of spending the July 4 holiday relaxing with family, dedicated activists … Continue reading Activists Start Summer With Blistering Heat for ODLR and YSL
CAFT is today announcing international campaigns against Oscar de la Renta and Saint Laurent, beginning with a week of action from July 5th to 11th. What makes a good campaign target? A target that is winnable, that is well-suited to build upon for future victories. And together we will win against Oscar de la Renta … Continue reading July 5-11: Week of Action Against Oscar de la Renta and Saint Laurent
How long does it take the animal rights movement to defeat America’s top luxury retailer? Turns out it only takes two months. Today, Tuesday, June 29, Neiman Marcus Group announced that they are going fur-free, just six days before the upcoming Neiman Carcass National Week of Action. In nine weeks, Neiman Marcus saw 61 actions … Continue reading Victory: Neiman Marcus Drops Fur After 67 Days
On April 24, Los Angeles activists added their voices to the campaign against the last American department store selling fur. Neiman Marcus sits less than two blocks from Saks Fifth Avenue, which had seen hard-hitting activism for months before announcing its intention to stop selling fur on April 7. Activists marched through Neiman demanding that … Continue reading Activists Visit Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills
On April 24, Texas activists took the fight for animals on fur farms directly to the heart of the opposition – Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas, the company’s headquarters. Activists marched into the store to educate customers and employees regarding the plight of the animals whose skin Neiman sells as fabric. Making sure that Neiman … Continue reading Texas Animal Freedom Fighters Take Over Neiman Marcus in Dallas
On April 24, activists from up and down the East Coast converged in New York City for a Fur Season Finale day of action. Neiman Marcus Group was the primary focus of this day of action, and the chosen site was Neiman’s high-end Bergdorf Goodman subsidiary located on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. With a huge … Continue reading NYC Activists Go Big at Bergdorf Goodman
Submitted by Seattle activists: After seeing so many incredible activists around the country protesting companies that continue to sell fur, we decided to protest Saks Off 5th in Seattle, Washington. The morning of the protest, February 11, it started snowing, but luckily that doesn’t stop Seattle shoppers! So we carpooled to Westlake Center to meet … Continue reading Seattle Activists Hit Saks
Submitted by Animal Defense League Southern California: Sunday, February 7, was the beginning of an international week of action against fur, and we knew the perfect way to kick it off: by returning to our friends at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. We’ve been to this Saks location many times before informing the public … Continue reading Los Angeles Kicks Off Week of Action Against Saks
Submitted by New Jersey Animal Save Movement: On Sunday, January 31, a group of compassionate NJ activists, including several parents and children, walked as a group into Saks Off 5th within a mini-mall in Shrewsbury, NJ. This action was well-planned and organized as a peaceful yet attention-grabbing disruption to send a strong clear message that … Continue reading New Jersey Activists Disrupt Saks
Submitted by Miami activists: On January 30, twenty-five activists gathered near Saks Fifth Avenue in Downtown Miami ready for action. We grabbed our signs, turned on our megaphones, and marched towards the Saks wing of the Brickell City Centre mall. Awaiting us, we found a panoply of guards and police, nearly ten at every store … Continue reading Miami Activists Mob Saks Fifth Avenue
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 Yesterday, Alice + Olivia contacted the Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade to say that they are going fur-free. After 18 actions and 11 days, we win. In fact, A+O pulled all fur from its stores and website in the first week of our campaign, but refused to officially go fur … Continue reading Victory: Alice + Olivia Gives up on Fur After 11 Days
Submitted by Atlanta activists: Alice + Olivia has seen massive protests nationwide, but still will not commit to going fur-free. So we decided that the best way for us to relax on a winter Sunday afternoon would be to head over to their Atlanta boutique and express ourselves with our full capabilities. When we arrived … Continue reading Atlanta Activists Give A+O a Surprise
Submitted by a vegan traveler: While driving to visit my sister, I decided to stop by Alice + Olivia in Greenwich, Connecticut. I couldn’t drive through a town that has an Alice + Olivia and not stop to disrupt their business. One of my non activist friends went inside the store undercover to pretend to be … Continue reading Activist Disrupts Connecticut A+O While on Road Trip
Submitted by Chicago activists: Chicago activists rattled Alice + Olivia yesterday on the Magnificent Mile. Activists with Fur-Free Chicago attempted to deliver a sign with balloons attached to the retailer, urging them to make a public announcement that they are going fur-free, or that they would have to deal with being our main target. With … Continue reading Chicago Activists Demand A+O Go Fur Free
Submitted by Texas Animal Freedom Fighters: As it turns out, for those of us working on the Alice + Olivia Animal Cruelty Campaign, our reputation precedes us. Today, January 23, 2021, when we arrived at the Highland Park Village outdoor mall, we found that the entrance nearest Alice + Olivia had been barricaded, that local … Continue reading Dallas Activists Show up in Style to Alice + Olivia
Submitted by Texas Animal Freedom Fighters: On Friday, January 22, Texas Animal Freedom Fighters joined the fight against Alice + Olivia. We are demanding that they end their sale of fur and make a public announcement that they are going fur free. We walked through the Highland Park Shopping Center outdoor mall, holding our megaphones … Continue reading A+O Doesn’t Want Smoke With Houston Activists
Submitted by an independent activist in Los Angeles: It’s been a week, and you know what that means – time to go chalk the Alice + Olivia Melrose store again. On Friday, January 22, I showed up at dawn and left the sidewalks on all three sides of the store’s facade covered in a glowing … Continue reading A+O Can’t Wash The Chalk Off Fast Enough in Los Angeles
Submitted by NYC activists: Due to its sale of fur, Saks Fifth Avenue has recently become the target of grassroots-organized protests and disruptions of business as usual in major cities throughout the U.S. And now NYC activists have taken the message of “Stop Selling Fur!” directly to the residence of Saks President and CEO Marc … Continue reading NYC Activists Pay Saks Fifth Avenue CEO a Visit at Home
Submitted by Chicago activists: On Monday, January 18th around 5pm, Chicago activists descended upon Alice + Olivia for their participation in the violence of animals in the fur trade. Activists walked into the Magnificent Mile location, where police cars sat idle on the street at every corner, with sirens blaring. Once sirens ceased, a speak … Continue reading Chicago Invades Alice + Olivia Storefront
Submitted by Atlanta activists: Monday, January 18th: five activists congregated in front of Alice + Olivia in Atlanta, Georgia to protest the store’s use of animal fur. The sole customer was let out of the store and the two employees decided to close the front door and lock it, but not before the activists’ message … Continue reading Georgia Joins the Campaign Against Alice + Olivia
Submitted by a rabbit: Alice + Olivia makes its money murdering poor animals and using their skins as fabric. As a free bunny, I can no longer sit by and watch as Stacey Bendet gruesomely cuts up my relatives. I am hopping mad. So, today, Monday, January 18, I raced over to my local Alice … Continue reading Local Los Angeles Bunny Seeks Revenge on Alice + Olivia
Submitted by Animal Defense League – Southern California: Last Thursday, we had the privilege of helping launch the national Alice + Olivia Animal Cruelty Campaign at their Melrose store. But Stacey Bendet’s stores are open every day of the week, so every day is a good day to speak up for her victims. That’s why … Continue reading SoCal ADL Returns to A+O After Four Days
Submitted by NYC Activists: This past Sunday, January 17, two of us broke the silence on Madison Avenue & disrupted Alice + Olivia’s store. As we walked in, we immediately saw someone’s skin on the floor as a rug, & two customers wearing fur. One was wearing a Canada Goose Jacket & the other one … Continue reading Pair of NYC Activists Disrupt A+O
Submitted by Las Vegas activists on Sunday, January 17, 2021: Today, fifteen Las Vegas activists gathered to take action against the fur industry. But in keeping with the two national grassroots anti-fur campaigns that have been seeing the most activity, we figured there was no reason for us to do one action, when we could … Continue reading Las Vegas Activists Visit Both A+O and Saks on the Same Day
Submitted by Revolution Philadelphia: The fur industry is one of the most vile and inherently cruel industries. The animals whose fur is ripped from them need it more than humans do–it’s quite literally their own skin. Anywhere from 200 squirrels to 100 chinchillas to 30 rabbits are killed to make just one fur coat. Animals … Continue reading Philadelphia Disrupts Saks Fifth Avenue
Submitted by an independent activist in Los Angeles: The animals imprisoned on Alice + Olivia fur farms are trapped there every day. And Stacey Bendet profits from their suffering every day. So we should be taking action to help them every day. I am only one person, but I went to the A+O Melrose store … Continue reading Los Angeles Activist Chalks Alice + Olivia
Alice + Olivia is a well-known name in women’s fashion. It is sold in nearly a thousand stores, and has 56 of its own boutiques worldwide. It is also one of the only American retailers that sells clothing made from the fur of tortured animals. Its founder and designer, the notoriously unstable Stacey Bendet, is … Continue reading New Campaign: Alice + Olivia is America’s top anti-fur target.
The Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade is excited to announce its first national week of action against fur. From February 7 to 15th, cities around the continent will be fighting back for the victims of the fur industry. The grassroots of our movement is at its strongest when we work together to exert concerted … Continue reading Week of Action Against the Fur Trade
Submitted by Animal Defense League – Southern California: On January 9, 2021, a beautiful afternoon in Beverly Hills, Animal Defense League Southern California gathered to enjoy one of our favorite pastimes: holding Saks Fifth Avenue accountable for the torture and murder of fur-bearing animals. Saks’ response to protests has been to monitor our Facebook events … Continue reading Another Noisy Saks Demo in Los Angeles
Submitted by NYC activists – Unlike the first 2 protests when we entered Saks in complete stealth mode taking over the fur salon right before disrupting, or on the traditional Fur free Friday Weekend Action where we were met by 6 NYPD cruisers, motorcades and 25 police officers right before 60 ARA stormed into Saks Fifth … Continue reading The Escalation Continues Against Saks in NYC!
Submitted by Chicago Activists – On Saturday, January 9th, around ten grassroots activists joined together outside of Saks Fifth Avenue on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, maintaining the pressure that began the week before with a disruption. The disruption lasted around 6 minutes inside of the store’s “Fur Salon” while being escorted down the escalator towards the … Continue reading Chicago protests Saks Fifth Avenue!
After fourteen days and four actions, Monique Lhuillier has conceded. On November 27, CAFT USA launched the Monique Lhuillier Cruelty Campaign. On December 10, Monique Lhuillier, Inc., contacted PETA to announce that they were going fur free. The campaign consisted of the following actions:• a kickoff protest at the Monique Lhuillier flagship store in West … Continue reading Victory! Monique Lhuillier goes fur free.
Submitted by Animal Defense League – Southern California: On December 19, Animal Defense League Southern California conducted a demonstration against Saks Fifth Avenue. We had announced the event on Facebook, and in response Saks hired a private army of thirty security guards, with at least four blocking every door, turning away pedestrians and bringing to … Continue reading SoCal ADL Embarrasses Saks Fifth Avenue
Submitted by independent activists in Los Angeles on December 12, 2020: Activists arrived today at Saks Fifth Avenue’s west coast flagship in Beverly Hills ready for action. We stormed the store, making sure that every customer inside learned about the brutality perpetrated by Saks against animals on fur farms. Saks was clearly happy to see … Continue reading Los Angeles Storms Saks Fifth Avenue
Submitted by Animal Defense League – Oklahoma: On December 5, members of the Vegan Knights Motorcycle Club and Animal Defense League Oklahoma joined forces to raise awareness of the atrocities that happen on fur farms worldwide. JJ Kelly Bridal is an Oklahoma City bridal shop that has no need to participate in this cruel industry, … Continue reading ADL-Oklahoma Protests Outside Monique Lhuillier’s Trunk show
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Submitted by Animal Defense League – Southern California: On Fur Free Friday, Animal Defense League Southern California had the privilege of helping kick off the Monique Lhuillier Cruelty Campaign. Monique is one of the wealthiest individual designers in the world, profiting for years from the brutal torture of fur-bearing animals. She had thus far avoided … Continue reading Monique Lhuillier Campaign Kickoff
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