Today (24th June), an item was posted on the dcdirectactionnews blog titled ‘Fur protesters at Riziks Bridal catch carriage driver abusing horse’, about a protest in Washington DC in the US.
‘… On the 23rd of June, DC animal rights activists gathered in front of Riziks, a bridal shop that also sells fur clothing. During the protest, activists received an emergency phone call that carriage horses were being unloaded, also for the wedding trade …
The first horse carriage was bad enough: horses in harness on the hot city streets in traffic. On the other hand, there were two horses on that carriage and they did not seem to be exhausted, though maybe that was because they had just been unloaded.
Soon, however, activists spotted a second carriage, with a wedding party on board-and a single horse pulling the heavily loaded vehicle. The horse looked utterly exhausted, with his head down and literally dragging his feet, sometimes foaming at the mouth.
That horse was able to recover partially while unloading the wedding party in the shade, only to nearly go down when ordered to start pulling the cart again.
Activists attempted without success to get someone from the Humane Society to intervene. They said they were sending someone, but they had a moving target to catch. Police also did not intervene in any way. After maybe 40 minutes of tailing the carriage and no further word from the Humane Society, activsts had to break off the pursuit.
Both this carriage trade horror and the fur sellers at Riziks cater to the weddings of the rich and powerful. With weddings now in the busy season, there will be a lot more overworked horses working the streets, and a lot more people exposed to Rizik’s fur products to “remember for the winter.” Both should expect further attention from animal rights activsts, as should their customers.
There is one other interesting point about Riziks, the original target of the fur protest: They are in 1100 Connecticut Ave, directly upstairs from a Wells Fargo bank branch. Downstairs, Wells Fargo profits from putting PEOPLE in cages through the GEO Group’s private prisons. Meanwhile, another business upstairs also profits from cages. That business is Riziks and the cages contain the animals raised in fur farms that supply them with fur. They can stop selling fur and continue their 100 year bridal trade-or be driven out of business along with the horse abusers by animal rights protesters …’
Read the item, view images and video, and add your comment online at http://dcdirectactionnews.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/fur-protesters-at-riziks-bridal-catch-carriage-driver-abusing-horse/