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Susan Boutique, Hornchurch, targeted by anti-fur protesters after shop reneges on last year’s ‘no more fur’ announcement

PUBLISHED: 17:15 05 November 2013 | UPDATED: 17:41 05 November 2013

Protesters outside Susan in Hornchurch

Protesters outside Susan in Hornchurch

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Masked anti-fur campaigners mounted a protest outside a Hornchurch boutique after it emerged the shop – whose owner announced following a similar protest last year she would stop stocking fur – had begun selling it again.

But Susan Kramer, who runs Susan Boutique in Station Lane, defended her decision, saying: “There’s a demand for it and all we’re trying to do is make a living.”

After the protest dispersed on Tuesday afternoon, Susan told the Recorder: “We’ve got to pay our rent and mortgage.

“We’re trying to run a business. In a terrible recession, when you get asked for something, you’re happy to sell anything as long as it’s legal.”

Susan said she had stopped selling fur as promised last year, and had only started stocking it again after requests from customers.

On December 1, 2012, she wrote on the shop’s Facebook page: “To all our readers and customers on Facebook as from [the same day] we will no longer be buying any more furs.”

Moments later, Janie End Bsl Callow responded: “We will, of course, be keeping an eye on your boutique and will return if you go back on your word.”

Susan said today: “If customers don’t buy it from me, they’ll go elsewhere.”

Police were called to the shop at about 10.45am, but a spokesman said the protest was “peaceful”.

“They call you ‘murderer’ and ‘scum’,” said Susan, “but I love animals as much as them. I’ve always had animals.

“The young ladies who buy fur coats own horses and dogs.”

She added: “Why pick on independent shops trying to make a living? I think it’s wrong.

“Last year they called my mum, who’s 79, an ‘ugly old woman’. This isn’t a protest about fur – this is personal.

“We’ve laid out for this stock – we’re not wealthy people; we can’t just give it away.”

Were you there? What do you think? Let us know your thoughts on 020 8477 3903 or e-mail ramzy.alwakeel@archant.co.uk.


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