- Title: FRANCE: Anti-fur activists storm Jean-Paul Gaultier's fashion store in Paris
- Date: 3rd October 2006
- Summary: POLICEMEN ENTERING STORE TO THE SOUND OF "GAULTIER MURDERER" ACTIVIST INSIDE STORE PROTESTING AND POLICEWOMAN TAKING NOTES POLICE VAN ARRIVING ACTIVIST EVACUATED BY POLICE AND DRIVEN TO POLICE VAN/ACTIVIST CHANTING "GAULTIER MURDERER"
- Embargoed: 18th October 2006 10:08
- Location: France
- Country: France
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Environment / Natural World,Fashion
- Reuters ID: LVA4HXNXZJA1MN2H8G88HJVHCU1O
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- Story Text: STORY : PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) activists stormed Jean-Paul Gaultier's flamboyant fashion store in the 8th district of Paris near the Champs Elysees on Monday (October 2).
Holding signs reading "Death for sale", activists with fur coats smeared with red paint chanted "Gaultier murdered" to denounce the animal cruelty and the use of real fur by famous fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier.
"We are outside the Jean-Paul Gaultier store in Paris today because we've written him many polite letters requesting meetings where we could show him our undercover cruelty exposï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ of how animals are trapped, are gassed, drowned. They are even skinned alive for their pelts. He has ignored every one of our polite requests, so we are hoping to get his attention today by a very lively graphic protest in his store just off the Champs Elysees," said Mikael McGraw.
The protest coincides with the start of the Spring and Summer Ready-to-Wear collections which should not show any fur coats but PETA says there are animals languishing on fur farms who will be gassed, strangled or anally electrocuted for the next season.
Police evacuated the activists peacefully and drove them to the nearest police station.
PETA won notoriety in the fashion world in the 1990s with advert of nude supermodels accompanied by the slogan "We's rather go naked than wear fur".
But since then fur has steadily crept back into fashion magazine spreads and onto the catwalks. Much of the revival is attributed to trends such as hip-hop style combining big fur coats with diamonds, as well as lobbying by fur producers.
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