Just days ago, February 4, 2008, a notice was posted at Portland Independent Media Center, a favorite online gathering place for Portland’s leftist shills. The notice said:
Shut Down Ungar Furs!
February 9th at 10am. Fur store protest! Please some
and support the animals!
Portland made history with the shutting down of
Schumacher furs, but there is still much more work to be done. We must continue
the fight and let others know that we will not tolerate fur stores in our city.
The store is only open from the the hours of 10am to 1pm on Saturdays so
lets all get out there!
Nicholas Ungar Furs
1137 SW Yamhill St
(spelling errors uncorrected)
Schumacher Furs, established and operating in Portland, Oregon since 1895, started coming under fire from the Animal Rights group back in 2005. Protesters picketed the business, blocked the entrance, often jeering at customers, sometimes near nude, with obscenities and threats.
Pleas to the Police Department and to the City of Portland fell on deaf ears, with the Police seeming to side with the Domestic Terrorists at time, ignoring it all at other times.
Portland Police Bureau Central Precinct Cmdr. Dave Benson once sent an email to the City Commission suggesting the business should move. Benson’s email said,
“Actually, one of the solutions is for them to relocate to a boutique type of mall. In that setting the owners will probably be able to lawfully control the protests inside the mall and keep it outside on the sidewalk. The protesters would quickly lose interest. The Schumacher’s won’t like that solution, either, but they may not have much of a choice.”
City Commissioner, Randy Leonard contacted the Furrier saying he believed they were partly to blame for the situation. Leonard’s email to the Schumacher’s said they had
“disregarded police advice to temporarily close their store on Saturdays and have instead argued with the protesters and mocked them with signs posted in their store windows.”
“Neither the police bureau nor my office can assist you if you are not willing to accept our advice on a strategy that helps us help you cause the protesters to lose interest in targeting your business,” Leonard wrote.
Leonard then posted on the city’s web site,
“I have come to the conclusion that the Schumacher’s have chosen this path as a method of generating free advertisement for their business.”
Portland’s Mayor, Tom Potter once suggested the Schumacher’s “sit down and negotiate” with the protesters, something the Schumacher’s felt was unnecessary, as they were entitled to Police Protection from harassment for conducting a legal and legitimate business.
The business received little support, the main exception being local radio host, Victoria Taft on her evening program and blog site. By December 2006, the fourth generation Furrier had had enough and announced closing their doors.
A suit filed in federal court against the City of Portland and three Animal Rights Groups was subsequently dismissed, with the Schumacher family being ordered to pay the legal fees of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; In Defense of Animals and a protester. Said Judge Michael Mosman,
“[the lawsuit] was an extraordinary abuse of the litigation process and threatened free-speech rights.”
Now, these same people have targeted another Furrier, Ungar Furs, in Portland. Said one Protester calling themselves ‘the mink,’
“Bring your signs, bullhorns, costumes, and a desire to SHUT THEM DOWN! Bring down anything and everything that you think could help get the message accross that we will not tolerate such a disgusting business in our town!”
In discussing this newly called for protest with a supporter calling himself 'jonny,' the Bible was injected as evidence of the wearing of furs being against our Christian God’s desires for man and beast. Said 'jonny,'
“God gave animals to mankind for his use (Genesis 1:26-30; 9:1-4). But, this does not mean that humans have the right mistreat animals and the environment (Also in King James).
God has no Delight in Sacrifices. There can be no doubt that God wanted humanity to elevate itself above such barbaric practices, for the Prophet Hosea says: "They love sacrifice, they sacrifice flesh and eat it, but the Lord has no delight in them." (Hosea 8:13) Referring to animal sacrifices, God Himself says through His Prophet Isaiah: "...I will hide my eyes from you: yea, when you make your prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood...put away the evil of your doings from my eyes; cease to do evil." (Isaiah 1:11-16)”
Mention by this writer that in the Bible, God gave Noah all of the animals on earth for meat (with some exceptions), drew the expected rebuke from 'jonny' of,
“You can keep trying to tweak the Bible to Justify it but unless you need to kill the animal to wear its fur so that you don't freeze to death, It is considered a sin. You people really need to think about how your actions affect the world around you. Forgive me for saying this, but you all seem to be relatively uneducated and express an unwillingness to learn. A little sociapathic too, based on your lack of empathy for little creatures. I am not going to walk you through the entire Bible to show all the reasons why causing unnecessary suffering of God's creatures is wrong. I suggest counseling.”
Stone silence has come from 'jonny' since this writer quoted Genesis 3:21
“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”
Last I heard, the Garden of Eden wasn’t well known for its freezing weather.
If the treatment of Schumacher’s is any indication, Ungar’s Furs is in for a rough ride until they close their doors also. Activists anonymously boast of their vandalism and the City of Portland, located within the third largest fur production state in the Union, shoots themselves in the foot.
The City of Portland, Oregon, struggling to out do more notorious Leftist Cities on the Left Coast will most likely offer scant support, if any, to a taxpaying business engaged in a legal business within a city already losing businesses at an alarming rate.
It is little wonder that former President George H. W. Bush once referred to Portland as "Little Beirut" due to the protesters he encountered here.