New Vintage Co. Pull Fur From Sale

Following an inspection from our store investigators, NARN entered into discussion with Hull’s freshly opened and expanding New Vintage Co. A number of items were being sold in store, such as full length fox fur jackets.

This morning we received the following statement:

“…we have just come out of a team meeting and will be pulling all fur items out of the shop first thing this morning…

James Ash
Managing Director
New Vintage Ltd”

NARN would like to thank New Vintage for making such a decision and encourage our supporters to keep custom with this excellent store.


Dusty & Dylan Go Fur-Free

Earlier this week NARN and our supporters called upon the Leeds fashion boutique, Dusty & Dylan, to adopt a fur-free policy following fox coats being sold in the shop.

We are pleased to announce that this afternoon, we received an e-mail from the shop’s owner confirming that no real fur was to be sold by Dusty & Dylan in the future:

“…I have decided to no longer sell vintage fur items in the shop in Headingley. I understand that this causes offense (sic) to certain people & can also be damaging to my reputation….

Many thanks,
Helen Adderley”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dusty & Dylan for making such a policy and request that supporters end contact regarding this matter with immediate effect.

City Protest Against Leeds Uni Beagle Tests

Animal Aid’s Director together with its Scientific Consultant visited Leeds on Wednesday, to team up with local activists for a high profile demonstration against a long-running series of lethal experiments on dogs at Leeds University. Severely criticised on scientific grounds by a prominent heart specialist, the research began in 1988 and has so far claimed the lives of more than 100 beagles. The majority of the experiments have been co-funded by the British Heart Foundation.

Animal Aid held an eye-catching demonstration in Leeds city centre on Wednesday 16th November, during which white-coated ‘researchers’ asked members of the public if they would be prepared to sacrifice their own dogs for medical research. The message of the protest was backed up by posters, leaflets and seven phone box posters in the town centre. The turnout was excellent, with around 20 local activists helping out, and the demonstration attracted plenty of media interest.

In the Leeds experiments, live anaesthetised dogs had their chests opened, their spinal cords cut, their blood drained and re-circulated via external reservoirs, and the nerves to their brains, kidneys, gut and diaphragms severed. The experiments have been criticised as ‘redundant, poorly reproducible, internally inconsistent, physiologically unsound and medically irrelevant’ by Dr John Pippin, a former Harvard Medical School faculty member and heart specialist. The Leeds team has not claimed any direct relevance of its work to human medical treatments. In many cases, no suggestion was made even of relevance to human physiology, let alone disease. The team’s most recent research paper was published in a scientific journal in June 2011. Co-funded by the BHF, it relates to the killing of 17 female beagle dogs.

Jigsaw Fur Alert

NARN’s fur detectors have been around many High Street stores across the North over the previous week.

One store visited was Jigsaw, who produced a company policy in 2004 refusing to sell any products containing real fur. Despite this, we found one jacket trimmed with fox fur in their Leeds store.

NARN have since spoken to the store manager and been made aware that the item concerned has been removed from sale.

We urge everybody who has a Jigsaw store in their area to visit and take up any suspicious items with the store management. Please be aware that the items are not to be confused with sheep skin trimmed garnments on sale.

Animal Activists Blockade Leeds Incinerator

Animal rights activists yesterday blockaded a Leeds incinerator involved in the disposal of beagle dogs bred for use in vivisection.

SRCL, who operate one of their main facilities at Cross Green, was blocked for nearly three hours following activists chaining themselves together in the road leading into the site.

The company deal with Harlan Interfauna, in Cambridgeshire, who were exposed earlier in the year for punching and kicking beagle dogs being bred for research.

Four arrests were made in Leeds as part of the Nationwide Day of Action Against SRCL.

Fur Shop Windows Broken in Hull

Reported in BiteBack Magazine:

“We found a shop in Hull selling rabbit fur garnments so we left them a warning.

They didn’t listen so we returned and put ballbearings through their windows.

There are targets in every town across the country. Stand up and fight for animals!


Yorkshire Butchers Under Fire

Reported in BiteBack Magazine:

“To kick off a new offensive we used catapults and ballbearings to put holes through the windows of butchers in Yorkshire.

You may think it’s a little hole now but as the cold bites the cracks will begin to show.

For a few pounds we cost them hundreds.

Animal Liberation Front”