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Drag queens potest against animal fur in Brick Lane

PUBLISHED: 18:00 27 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:08 05 October 2010

Wasp Howl, middle

Wasp Howl, middle

Carmen Valino

AROUND 30 real and pretend drag queens took to Brick Lane in protest at shops selling animal fur on the East End s famous thoroughfare. Donning wigs and glam clothes the protesters shouted slogans such as, Ditch fur, do drag! and Fur trade—death trade

AROUND 30 real and pretend drag queens took to Brick Lane in protest at shops selling animal fur on the East End's famous thoroughfare.

Donning wigs and glam clothes the protesters shouted slogans such as, "Ditch fur, do drag!" and "Fur trade-death trade!" as they marched down the lane in Spitalfields Sunday afternoon.

Wasp Howl, 30, from Bethnal Green, who dressed up as a drag queen for the day, said: "We are worried about the amount of new and vintage fur being sold by some shops in Brick Lane.

"Vintage scarves and hats often have real fur linings which are being sold as fake fur. Often the fur comes from rabbits, but also from cats and dogs, mainly from China."

The protesters also played 80s and 90s pop music from a DVD blaster.

"With it being the trendy and vibrant place it is we thought it would go down well to dress in drag, which it did, Wasp said.

The protesters also said they distributed about 500 leaflets about the process animal go through before ending up as fur.

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