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Animal-rights protesters in Essex have been targeting local shops trying to raise awareness about the fur-trade.

Bonnie and Clyde, Virgo, on Brentwood High Street and Lucy's Boutique on Ongar Road are two of the shops activists are focusing on. Marcia Hagon, one of the protesters, from Romford, said: "We are about raising awareness of the fur trade but we also demonstrate outside restaurants that sell unethical food like foie gras. We just think it is wrong that they are making money out of the suffering of others."

Three anti-fur protesters were arrested on Tuesday(29th) outside Bonnie and Clyde in Brentwood for altercation. They were dealt a section 5 but were not charged. A woman had come out of Bonnie and Clyde's and assaulted one of the protesters. When the police arrived the woman lied, pretending she was the one that had been assaulted. The protester who had been attacked then got arrested for a short stint until the CCTV footage got reviewed and it became apparent who was playing Pinocchio in this tale. The other two protesters got arrested for verbally losing their cool as the police were arresting the wrong person, they were served with section 5 fixed penalty notices.

The second targeted shop, Lucy's Boutique belongs to a soon to be a z-list celebrity, Lucy Mecklenburgh, famous for the probably absolutely crap programme “Only Way is Essex”. Lucy denied fur being sold in the shop and then pulled the big guns out when it came to debating with anti-fur demonstrators who were told by the celebrity “to get a job”. Well after that mind blowing retort the protesters nearly packed up and went home as they didn't stand a chance with this intellectual genius, but after a moment's thought the protesters carried on protesting regardless. About eight protesters descended on the store last Tuesday (22nd) as part of a series of protests the protesters have planned.

The group have spent time and effort researching which stores deal in fur products before springing up on their door-step to protest and believe Lucy's Boutique does in fact deal in garments of death for the sake of vanity. The protesters plan to continue with these protests until cruelty-free alternatives are found. Essex Animal Defenders, consisting of around 30 members at the moment, have been involved in a number of different animal related campaigns including Cheale Meats, the Warley slaughterhouse where covert footage picked up two workers abusing pigs.

For more information, updates or to get involved check www.essexanimaldefenders.co.uk

There are 7 comments on this story...
Added By: L Norton - 1st February 2013 @ 10:26 AM
To set the record straight, none of the protesters were charged. During the protest a woman came out of the shop and assaulted a protester. She then lied to the police, saying it was her that she had been assaulted. The police arrested the protester who was later released without charged after video evidence had been reviewed. Two other protesters who used foul language as they were indignant that the police arrested the wrong person were served s5 fixed penalty notices.
Added By: Anonymous - 1st February 2013 @ 11:06 AM
Thank god for the protesters! To sell fur is to agree to the animal being tortured and skinned alive.If Your local retailer has fur,tell them to stop and boycotte the shop until they do!
Added By: Michelle - 1st February 2013 @ 4:22 PM
Fantastic action, EAD!!! Thank you!
Added By: me - 1st February 2013 @ 6:03 PM
'foul language' lol who wouldn't?
Added By: Aldo - 1st March 2013 @ 1:36 PM
No fruit recipes here ethier. I just love having good watermelon available. My favorite.I kind of loosely plan my food when it's just me and my daughter. I do make menus when I'm cooking for my husband so I can remember to get everything when we shop.No fur babies. Did not have the heart to get another after our Boston Terrier died.I have some white flour in my pantry which has not been opened in six months. I probably should throw it out.We bought one container of coconut water and hated it. One sip for me and one sip for my daughter and into the sink it went. Maybe if you mixed it with something? The price is around $2.50 here for a small container. That is enough to put me off by itself.
Added By: Olesia - 1st March 2013 @ 1:36 PM
I really don't have a faorivte fruit recipe, however I do enjoy all the fresh fruit that is abundant during the summer. I do enjoy a good fruit salad.I do plan my food. Not only does it save money when grocery shopping, but keeps me on track with healthy meals. Unfortunately I have not been doing very good with my exercise. I'm going to work on that, promise.We have three cats. Bessie, Boo and Baby. They are all rescue cats. Bessie is Baby's mommy. The plan was to get one more, but when we saw them, we didn't have the heart to separate them.I primarily use white flour. I know..........bad. I do sometimes use whole wheat.I have not tried coconut water. Does it taste like coconut?I just want to take a moment to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. You give me such great ideas for meals. I started snacking on mini cukes and baby bell peppers because of you. Thank you!
Added By: Anonymous - 16th November 2013 @ 4:45 PM
I am horrified and disgusted to find more fur being sold on brentwood high street. virgo and queenys have furs in their window s and inside. the way these poor animals are tortured to provide these "fashion items" is beyond sadistic and cruel. it is beyond barbaric. Please don't buy these things . these animals have gone through horrific torture, don't encourage more to go the same way...
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