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Nov 25, 2011 8:37 PM by Kelly Orsini, KSBY News

Protesters mark Fur Free Friday in San Luis Obispo

For animal rights advocates in San Luis Obispo, it's not just Black Friday, but also Fur Free Friday. It's an international movement dating back to the 1980s. Every year, protesters gather downtown to encourage shoppers to stop buying fur -- and retailers to stop selling it.

Friday they were targeting two stores in particular, Mr. Michael's Leathers, Furs and Jewelry, and Coverings, a women's clothing store.

Protesters say some major retailers have stopped selling fur, and that the local stores should follow suit.

"We've considered it, but you know there are those customers who do want it, so we have items for everybody," said Devon Natoni, Coverings Store Manager.

Peggy Koteen is director of Animal Emancipation of San Luis Obispo County.

"I think people are oblivious when they buy coats with a little bit of fur trim they just don't think about it, and we're here to inform the public that any item that has fur on it is the result of horrific suffering," Koteen said.

Natoni says the annual protest has had zero impact on sales.

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