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Activists target Portland's last remaining fur salon

June 11, 2008 | 11:56 am

Things don't look good for purveyors of furs in Portland, Ore. According to a report in the Oregonian, animal-rights activists say they are working to drive downtown Portland's last remaining fur salon out of business:

Saturday protests led by a fledgling group called the Portland Animal Defense League outside Nicholas Ungar Furs have intensified in recent weeks.

Unlike the rancorous 15-month campaign against Portland's Schumacher Furs and Outerwear (now closed), which activists insisted was about education and outreach, the group says the prime objective this time is ridding downtown of "an outdated industry." ....

Unlike Greg and Linda Schumacher, who were eager to confront the protesters and talk to the media about what they saw as an unfair attack on their business on Southwest Morrison Street, Ungar Furs owner Horst Grimm declined to comment.

When the store was contacted, someone calling himself only "the manager" said, "Our general policy is not to make comments."

Sgt. Brian Schmautz, a Portland police spokesman, said he wasn't yet aware of a single disturbance complaint about the protests.

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