Friday, February 24, 2006

Louis Vuitton Store on Paris' Famed Champs Elysees Avenue Sight of Anti-Fur Protest


Anti-fur activists protest on Champs Elysees


Thu Feb 23, 10:51 AM ET

PARIS (AFP) - Cloaked in fur and doused in fake blood, animal rights campaigners staged a noisy protest outside a Louis Vuitton store on Paris' famed Champs Elysees avenue.

Despite the biting cold, two young women wearing nothing but fur wraps and underwear, writhed on the sidewalk for half a hour, shrieking to simulate the agony of animals stripped of their fur, before collapsing as if dead.

Other campaigners held up banners reading "Stop the Barbarity", "Yes to fashion without cruelty, No to fur!" and images of bloodied animals -- as crowds of tourists snapped pictures of the half-nude protest.

The group, called Fur Torture, said they had targeted Louis Vuitton as one of many luxury brands in the Paris fashion industry that continued to use real fur, mainly for decoration on accessories.

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