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Animal rights activists planned two separate protests in conjunction with the May 20-22 Fur Fashion Week designer shows but neither was effective in making the news media take their eyes off the fashions and pay attention to increasingly bizarre and desperate extremist stunts In New York on the sidewalk in front of Parsons School of Design where a built-in crowd of journalists and photographers were attending the shows a sprawl of about 30 costumed and bloodied protesters kept police busy but got scant news coverage They splattered red paint on the sidewalk and were allowed to exceed their designated barricaded area before police took action They eventually made nine arrests for disorderly conduct People for the ethical Treatment of Animals PeTA organized the protest with Friends of Animals and Ingrid Newkirk of PeTA got into the fray along with German singer Nina Hagen PeTAs Dan Mathews played master of ceremonies skirting the edges While the barricades were left up all week long for possible protests only two or three people were there most of the time The main demonstration took place before the Karl Lagerfeld show Reports appeared on two local tv stations though on one the segment malfunctioned and was cut short and in the New York Post Most of the retailers and press were slightly amused by the display it added to the excitement of the day Oddly the activists even seemed to realize the crowds response Later when they inexplicably moved their protest down to the fur market where they chanted in front of 345 Seventh Avenue and were heckled by a couple of furriers they shot back You love this dont you The only sense of frustration came when some people in the trade noticed that tv cameras were interviewing activists but not industry spokespeople who steered clear Stephanie Kenyon FICAs director of
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