ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP PICKETS FUR STORE

img_5675112809Protesters displayed posters and a carcass depicting animal abuse.

A handful of animal rights activists affiliated with a group called Caring Activists Against Fur demonstrated outside Winters Furs on Monmouth Street Saturday afternoon.

Protest organizer Anthony Botti, of Atlantic Highlands, said Winters Furs was targeted “because it’s a visible location in the central Jersey area.”

He said Saturday was selected “because it’s when the big shopping frenzy starts. This is when the animal torturers try to maximize their profits.”

Store owner Jason Simon, who had advance word that a picketing permit has been issued by the borough and hired security for the day, took the protest in stride. He said his business supports “the most humane practices” regarding animals.

“They have a right to their opinion,” he said of the picketers.