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Anti-fur protest outside Bromley High Street boutique shop

PUBLISHED: 10:16 17 December 2013 | UPDATED: 10:40 17 December 2013

Demonstrators gather outside What's New Pussycat store on Bromley High Street

Demonstrators gather outside What's New Pussycat store on Bromley High Street

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An anti-fur protest took place outside a Bromley High Street shop on Saturday after protestors claimed that real fur items were being sold in the store.

Ten Bromley supporters of the Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade (CAFT) gathered outside What’s New Pussycat boutique clothes shop to hold a candlelit vigil and give out leaflets to shoppers as they passed by.

A 66-year-old protestor, who did not wish to be named, wants the shop to review its sales policy.

She said: “I just want the shop to stop selling fur. I knew there would be problems doing this protest, so I wanted to do it before Christmas.

“That is why we decided to do a candle lit vigil.”

The protester went on to say she was thankful for the community support officers who attended the protest.

She added: “The officers who were with us helped to diffuse the situation when emotions ran high.”

Store owner Fredrick Leyser claims to have more than 5,000 items of clothes, of which “four styles contain some real fur content”.

He claims to have received “threatening phone calls” from the protesters and insists he is doing nothing wrong by selling the items.

He said: “We are assured by our suppliers the fur content of these items are a by product of the food manufacturing chain and are not a factory farmed item.”

Mr Leyser also said that he and his family were “animal lovers”.

He added: “I would just like too add that myself and my family are animal lovers and have always had horses, dogs and cats.

“We hold their welfare in the highest of regard.”

A police spokesperson confirmed they had been notified of the protest beforehand.

He said: “Police were aware beforehand of the planned demonstration outside a shop in Bromley High Street during the afternoon of Saturday December 14.

“The demonstration passed off peacefully and police were not required.”

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