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LION Holds Merrick Furs Protest

Attendees say inhumane treatment of animals is why they picketed on Sunrise Highway.

Protestors stand in front of Merrick Furs while rush hour traffic passes by. Credit: Michael Ganci.
Protestors stand in front of Merrick Furs while rush hour traffic passes by. Credit: Michael Ganci.


Members of Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION) gathered outside of Merrick Furs Tuesday to protest the store’s opening for the fall season.

“We started out protests at Merrick Furs last year on Black Friday,” LION President John Di Leonardo said. “The public was so supportive, and a lot of people expressed interest in coming out the very next week, so we started doing Fur Free Fridays.”

Diane Madden, who’s running for Town Council, was on hand to lend support, and she said that animal rights is something that’s often overlooked by government.

“I feel very strongly about animal issues,” she said. “Obviously, they have no voice, and there’s no voice in local politics for these animals.”

Also on hand for Tuesday’s protest along Sunrise Highway was 11-year-old Avery Scott of Williston Park, who voiced concerns for the way animals are treated in the creation of fur material.

“They come from animals that are electrocuted on farms, and they’re skinned for their furs,” Scott said. “It’s very inhumane, it’s not nice to the animals and that’s why we’re here today.”

Representatives from Merrick Furs declined to comment.

Di Leonardo also told Patch that people have inquired about Worldwide Puppies and Kittens on Sunrise Highway, and another protest may be on the horizon.

What do you think of the protest? Is the way fur is created inhumane? Tell us in the comments section below.

Donna Ward September 03, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Great job as always LION!!
Amy Rose Kathryn September 03, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Always wonderful to see people speaking out against animal cruelty. Great job everyone! http://www.antifursociety.org
Florentina McGrath September 04, 2013 at 08:22 AM
It's nice to know other people are trying to be the voice for the animals we all love and care for even if they aren't our very own.
Laurie Lat September 05, 2013 at 09:24 AM
love it, keep it up, these killers must stop murdering beautiful animals for greed.
Amy September 10, 2013 at 08:10 AM
What these animals go through at fur farms is horrific! Torture and electrocution so you can look (think you do) good. :(
Keith Stevens September 10, 2013 at 02:07 PM
No matter what angle one chooses to view this issue from, killing and torturning animals for their fur is inherently inhumane and wrong. For those of you who disagree, I respectfully ask you to research the manner in which the animals are "put down". Thank you.

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