Fur auction "Sojuzpushnina" blocked again
Photo, video and russian text: http://animalrights.ru/node/225
On April, 26th, 2009 in St.-Petersburg, in the building of "Sojuzpushnina" on the Moscow prospect the beginning of fur auction was expected, but a group of animal rights defenders (approximately 10 persons) has blocked an entrance, having deprived people of possibility to get inside the building. Five activists have chained themselves to the front entrance doors. They held a banner "Fur is murder!", because that day 170 thousand skins which have been torn off the animals were exposed on the auctions.
Security guards of the building have tried to stop the action, but it has become possible to unblock an entrance only when the police squad arrived. Five defenders of animals were delivered in 29 police station.
Animal rights activists have decided to prevent an International Fur Auction, because for exhibiting at these auctions, thousand animals are deprived of their lives on fur farms or in the wild nature. On the Russian farms, usually they are being killed with poison, and in the woods they are caught with traps, which are forbidden to use in Russia, but in some regions this restriction does not work.
It not the first blockade of a building by animal defenders. In 2005 they have begun a campaign against "Sojuzpushnina" and also have blocked an entrance. This time they have declared again that while fur trade proceeds, they won't stop their actions. Since 2005, during each auction (3-4 times a year), animal defenders simultaneously suit actions of protest in different cities of Russia. Their purpose is to close "Sojuzpushnina" as a vestige of the past.