There was a large turnout for last Saturday’s regular demonstration outside of the fur sellers Cricket store. The extra people were there to show their support for Katy Brown who was arrested a while back just for handing out leaflets near the shop.
Full story via the Daily Post – including the photo from the article which was taken at last week’s demonstration in which you will recognise one of the protesters having a discussion with a policeman .
There will be another large protest this Saturday (December 29th) which will start at 1pm, so if you have some spare time please go and show your support.
Itâ€™s just not Cricket â€“ fur protesterâ€™s anger at arrest
Dec 24 2007 by Caroline Innes, Liverpool Daily Post
ANIMAL rights activists who have been campaigning against a Merseyside boutique selling fur say Merseyside Police are denying them their human right to stage peaceful protests.
The anti-fur campaigners said they were forced to return to the Mathew Street boutique, Cricket, on Saturday to demonstrate not against the use of real fur, but in support of the civil liberties they claim police are attempting to curtail.
The protest was arranged after campaigner Katy Brown, of Edge Hill, was arrested outside the store for handing out leaflets close to the shop doorway.
Merseyside police say they respect peopleâ€™s rights to make â€œpeaceful protestâ€, but will apply the law if those rights are abused.
Ms Brown claims she was sworn at and â€œman-handledâ€ by officers.
She was taken to St Anne Street police station, where she was held for six hours, interviewed and charged with failure to comply with a condition imposed by a senior officer under Section 14 of the Public Order Act.
However, Ms Brown said she was shocked and horrified when bail conditions forbade her from entering Liverpool city centre and she claimed it is unclear as to whether her own home lies within the mile and a half radius exclusion zone.
Ms Brown said: â€œThe campaign against Cricket has been ongoing for the past 12 months. The police reaction has been at times excessive and highly inconsistent.
â€œBut what happened to me only further strengthens the need for as many people as possible to attend and stand up against the oppressive behaviour of the police who seem hell-bent on stifling legal protest.
â€œI really feel that this campaign is becoming as much about defending what little right to protest we are still allowed as much as Cricket selling fur.
â€œOur protests are always peaceful and we never obstruct entrance to the store. Yet the policeâ€™s response has been over the top, draconian and heavy-handed.â€
Ms Brown continued: â€œI am more angry about the erosion of civil liberties generally and the increasing illegalisation of any form of effective protest than I am about my individual treatment.
â€œHowever, I did try and explain that my bail conditions would not only prevent me form being at home but would stop me travelling into the city centre for work.
â€œThey restrict me from going about the majority of my normal lawful business.
â€œI won’t even be able to go home to my parents for Christmas using public transport, according to these conditions â€“ which have been imposed basically because I was stood in a street handing out leaflets. It is ridiculous and wrong.â€
THE REGULAR NOTICE ABOUT THE CRICKET DEMO »
[A repost which will be repeated every Saturday until they stop selling fur]
March 31st Update: Hey here's something - Look at the search results when you type in Cricket shop Liverpool
April 21st Update: Previous coverage here
May 21st Update: Protestor arrested at the Cricket demo
June 16th Update: Visit the campaign website:
Fur Free Liverpool
November Update: Vivienne Westwood goes fur free
We like locally owned and operated businesses. We try to support them by shopping there and recommending them to our friends. But what we don’t like is when they sell fur.
To get their fur some of these animals are farmed and skinned alive…
Nearly all the retailers has seen sense now and do not sell fur anymore. Fashion wise, wearing fur these days is very unpopular. But there are still some shops that want to profit from this cruelty and try to sell it. In Liverpool, Cricket is that shop.
Every Saturday there will be protests and demonstrations outside the store to alert the public about this and if you have some time to join in they’ll be there from 12.30 onwards. (There will be a demo outside the shop every week until Cricket see sense and stop selling this stuff. )
Excerpt from a previous article »
In February 2006, Liverpool â€˜fashion storeâ€™ Cricket told the Liverpool Echo that, following protests, it would no longer include real animal fur in itâ€™s collection. This Winter, Cricket went back on itâ€™s word, stocking Coyote, Mink, Fox and raccoon fur.
Mink Fox and raccoon are reared on factory farms in conditions which lead them to go mad, self-mutilate and attack cage mates. Coyotes are caught in barbaric leghold traps, banned in dozens of countries worldwide.
Local campaigners have been picketing the shop since November (and receiving lots of harassment from the local police as a result) Cricket will not enter into dialogue with the protesters and insist they will continue to sell real fur.
You can contact the shop and let them know how you feel about this is by writing to:
Justine Mills at 10 Cavern Walks
0151 227 4645
or using the contact form on their website.
If you want to register your protest via the written word please be polite and point out to them that this is very bad form – and bad publicity for them.
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