PETA volunteers Meggan Anderson (left) and Krissy Addington lay on the sidewalk at SW Broadway and Yamhill, outside the Nordstrom store, for an hour this afternoon, with their legs in a steel bear trap, covered in fake blood.
"It's a bit chilly for them," admitted PETA campaigner Nicole Matthews, "But it's nothing compared to the coldness of a person who continues to wear fur."
The protest was the last stop on a Northwest tour by the animal rights organization, which has taken in Seattle, Yakima, Eugene and Salem since Monday. Next stop is Los Angeles, followed by Reno.
People stopped to ask if the blood and the fur coats being worn by Anderson and Addington were real. "The coats have been donated by people who've seen the videos on PETA's website and have taken the decision not to wear fur any longer," said Matthews.
Meanwhile, Sergeant Jim Dakin stood discretely inside the doorway of Nordstrom, keeping an eye on things. "I'm just standing in here because it's warm and I forgot my coat," he siad. "We just don't want people to get pissed off, basically. There's no issues here."
PETA wasn't protesting Nordstrom, specifically. Indeed, they had hoped to protest in Pioneer Square, but their permit required them to be on a public sidewalk, so they went across the street.
"There's always someone down here making some kind of statement," said Kyle Passe, a web developer watching the protest, as he smoked a cigarette. "As long as they're not interrupting my day, I've got nothing wrong with it. It's better than the Greenpeace people who are always standing on the corner here asking you if you want to save the world today and all that shit."
"It's very theatrical, but I've seen worse stuff in the newspapers going on in Gaza," said Amy Howington, a PSU student. "I'm always surprised when there's a fur protest, because I didn't think there was still an industry."