DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – An annual animal rights protest at Neiman Marcus’ downtown Dallas flagship store ended with fake blood splattered across the iconic store’s front windows and two people in jail.
The protest involved throwing paper cups of fake blood at storefront window displays.
Neiman Marcus spokeswoman Ginger Reeder says the store is targeted every year on Black Friday by fur protesters.
The protests, called Fur Free Friday, are held worldwide to stop the sale of fur coats and other animal-based products.
Reeder says PETA is normally behind the protest, but this year a group calling itself Occupy Now were claiming to have organized it.
Reeder talks with KRLD’s Barbara Schwarz:
Occupy Now members say they did the protest with a group calling itself Animal Connection of Texas.
Occupy Dallas quickly took to its facebook page to claim Occupy Now was an offshoot group and that they were not responsible.
A police report estimates damage to the store to be around $3,000. According to the report the two people who threw the blood onto the building were arrested without incident and taken to the Lew Sterrett Justice Center. A jug containing more fake blood and paint supplies were also taken from the two.
The two were charged with criminal mischief.