NEW YORK — About 40 anti-fur activists, waving dead minks and raccoons in steel-jaw leg-hold traps, demonstrated for an hour on Seventh Avenue Tuesday in front of the building where the Karl Lagerfeld fur collection was being shown.
The protest, staged on the second day of fur week, was said to be the major demonstration planned by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for this week’s shows, which end Thursday.
“We just want him to know that he should join the ranks of other designers like Calvin Klein and Anne Klein, who are getting out of the fur business,” said Peter Wood, the international campaign coordinator for PETA and spokesman for the protesters outside 333 Seventh Ave.
The Lagerfeld fur collection is designed exclusively for Maximilian for Bloomingdale’s.
Wood said Lagerfeld is bearing the brunt of PETA’s anti-fur tactics this week because “he is one of the last major designers to still be in fur.”
Police barricades prevented protesters from entering the building, and most people attending the show went through a side entrance, avoiding any confrontation.
Standing inside the building was Karen Handel, a spokeswoman for the Fur Information Council of America, a fur retail and manufacturer’s organization based in Washington.
“These tactics are just getting old,” said Handel. “[The anti-fur protesters are] just frustrated because fur sales have increased dramatically over the past year.”