Jan 28th, 2010 by Peter Young
man set himself on fire Wednesday outside Ungar Furs in Portland, Oregon. After
dousing himself with gasoline, he attempted to enter the store, shouting “There
are animals dying! Animals dying!” After police extinguished the flames, he was
taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital where he later died.
The man was
identified as 26-year-old Daniel Shaull from Kansas. Among the local activists I
have spoken to, none are familiar with Shaull by name, nor recognized him as
being a part of the active, long-running campaign against Ungar Furs. Yet the
location and witness reports strongly indicate this man sacrificed himself to
bring attention to the horrific treatment of animals on fur farms.
news report, which aired prior to Shaull being announced dead, can be viewed
Ungar Furs is a retail fur store in Portland which has been the
target of a prolific campaign by local activists. Ungar became a target after
frequent protests successfully closed another Portland fur store, Schumacher
Furs. The owners of Schumacher Furs gave animal rights activists full credit for
shutting them down in 2007.
Amidst a range of speculation as to the
man’s true motives, I think it is important to assume this is a genuine action
by a person driven to make the ultimate sacrifice by the severity of animal
suffering. When every legal channel to affect change is closed, people will
increasingly be driven to actions which bring both attention to the plight of
animals, and a disruptive effect to those who kill them.
Shaull is not
the first to give his life in the U.S. animal liberation struggle. This is a
time to remember William Rodgers, who took his life in an Arizona jail in 2005
while being held for numerous Animal Liberation Front actions. It is also a time
to remember Alex Slack, who took his life while awaiting trial for the A.L.F.
bombing of the Utah Fur Breeder’s Agricultural Cooperative in 1999.
anyone knows Daniel Shaull, please contact Voice of the Voiceless, so that we
can make the full story of this action known.
To those who claim the
animal rights movement is “violent”, this action should be yet another reminder
that every casualty to date has fallen on our side. Daniel Shaull is just the
“If this is what the world has made of us, then let it
live with the consequences”.
Man dies after setting himself on fire outside fur store
January 27 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. - A man
set himself on fire after pouring gasoline on himself outside Nicholas Ungar
Furs at 12th and Yamhill Wednesday morning before police used a fire
extinguisher to put out the flames. He later died from his injuries at the
hospital, police said.
The man was identified as 26-year-old Daniel Shaull from Kansas, according to
the Multnomah County medical examiner.
It was not immediately clear whether Shaull was protesting against the store,
which has had problem with animal rights activists in the past, but witnesses
said he was screaming about the treatment of animals.
“There are animals dying! Animals dying!” witnesses said Shaull was screaming as
flames engulfed his body and shot above his head.
“He tried to run into the building,” said witness Mike Cheema who owns a food
cart a few feet from where the incident occurred. “The door was locked. He
couldn’t get in. He came right out screaming, ‘the world is ending, animals
“I looked over … flames, burning. I thought he was crazy,” said another witness
L.C. “It was traumatizing. It was horrible.”
“I saw a guy that was running around with his arms waving, and he was completely
on fire,” said Julie Sies who was walking to a dentist appointment at the time.
“He was just screaming and asking for help.”
Witnesses gave different accounts of the path Shaull took while he was on fire.
The fire blackened the sidewalk and charred remains were scattered about the
area, including what appeared to be a footprint.
Shaull was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital where he later died.
No one at Nicholas Ungar Furs wanted to comment on the incident.