Fur protest shuts down clothing store
By ROBYN STUBBS, 24 HOURS
The Bebe store on Robson Street shut down for a couple of hours yesterday,
thanks to an anti-fur protest by Liberation B.C.
On the heels of her internationally known Asian tour against the fur trade,
Ashley Fruno was back at it in Vancouver this weekend - this time creating
her own window display at Bebe.
She and three other protesters walked into the store just after noon and
took over an entire display window with a banner reading 'Death fur sale.'
Eventually, the store shut its doors while staff awaited police, keeping the
foursome indoors with their banner while supporters passed out anti-fur
fliers on the street outside.
"It's a store that targets young people, so we feel there's a social
responsibility there to not sell fur," said Fruno before the protest.
Before shutting its doors, Bebe store managers told 24 hours that they had
no problem with protesters, but since the store is a place of business,
Fruno and her friends were not welcome inside.
For Liberation B.C., the protest was a success - "at least we've impacted
their bottom line today," said spokesperson Jan Olsen.