今日有動保人士發起反會展皮草展大遊行，下午十二時半在灣仔地鐵站A3出口集合，剛好對正新民黨街站，動保人士乃叫葉劉淑儀改邪歸正，勿再著皮草。十二時四十五分開始遊行，沿途大嗌口號，如皮草展，汚糟（正寫齷齪）錢! FUR Is Murder（皮草等於謀殺）! HK BAN FUR(香港禁售皮草)。遊行隊伍一點半到達灣仔會展中心，警察用鐵馬將其隔開，示威群眾連會展面牆都觸不到。群眾要求商務及經濟發展局長邱騰華接信不果，只有皮草協會派出一名不知名代表出來接信，但拒絕對話。(https://www.facebook.com/events/1778613928870834/permalink/1789460447786182/)
“Fur Fair, Dirty Money! (Text: Chapman Chen)
Today, a group of animal-loving activists staged an anti-fur protest against the Fur Fair being held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai. At 12:30 pm, they gathered at Exit A3 of Wanchai MTR Station and found themselves facing a street campaign stall of New People’s Party. They then called upon Regina Yip, head of the party, to stop wearing products of animal cruelty, i.e., fur. The march began at 12:45 pm. Along the way, they shouted slogans like “Fur Fair, Dirty Money!” “Hong Kong Ban Fur”, “Fur is murder!” “No Trading, No Killing!” The procession reached the HK Convention and Exhibition Centre at 1:30 pm, but was separated from it by the police with iron railings. The protesters demanded Edward Yau Tang-wah Mr Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, to come and receive their appeal letter in vain. Only an unknown man came out to receive the letter on behalf of the Hong Kong Fur Federation, but he refused to converse with the crowd.
This kind of annual anti-fur-fair protest has been held for four to five years. However, according to Wendy Chan, speaker of the protest, “What is different this year is that we do not only demand the Exhibition Centre to stop hoisting the fur fair, we also demand the Government to ban all fur trade in Hong Kong.” It turns out that Hong Kong is the third largest fur exporter in the whole world, and every year, 1.3 million fur products are imported into Hong Kong from China. Moreover, every year, China exports 2 million fur products from dogs and cats alone, without taking into account other animals!
Fourteen European countries and Japan have already banned fur farms, so have many top fashion companies, e.g., Armani, Gucci, Ralph Lauren.
The group also emphasized that every year, 1 billion rabbits and 50 million animals, for the sake of their hairy skin, are imprisoned in small filthy cages for life, and eventually atrociously skinned alive. (Note: In fact, Hong Kong’s mild weather does not merit wearing fur; and in recent years, the textile industry already invented a lot of economical clothing materials good for keeping people warm. So fur-wearing is simply animal abuse for vanity.)