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BEIJING (Reuters) - Two animal rights activists wearing nothing but a protest banner and underwear shouted anti-fur slogans on Beijing's most bustling shopping street on Wednesday before being pushed into a police van and hauled off.
"Compassion is the fashion. Fur is dead!" chanted Kayla Worden and Yvonne Taylor as they strutted into a small plaza in front of a shopping mall and shimmied out of their red silk robes.
The two high heel-wearing blondes, covered only with a white banner around their torsos that read "We'd rather go naked than wear fur" in Chinese and English, quickly attracted a crowd of 50 to 100 gawking onlookers.
"We are really cold out here, but this is nothing compared to what the animals go through," said Worden, a nurse from New York as Taylor, who works at a dog and cat shelter in London, waved to the gathering crowd.
The temperature in Beijing on Wednesday was forecast to rise to a maximum 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
The two women are members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which says the fur trade is cruel and unnecessary and has long campaigned to abolish it. A PETA spokesman said the protest was timed ahead of a fur show in Beijing on Friday.
"Cruelty is never in fashion and we want people to think twice before they buy fur," Taylor said during the brief protest.
Police tried to disperse the crowd and told Worden and Taylor to put on their robes and leave.
The women, who appeared not to understand Chinese, were nudged into a van and driven away after they continued to smile and wave and shout slogans.
Onlookers were amused by the small protest, which took place near Tiananmen Square where student-led pro-democracy demonstrations in 1989 were brutally crushed by the army.
"I've never heard of anything like this happening in China before," said Lee Bai, who was passing by on a bicycle.
Another man focused his attention on the women rather than their cause, saying in heavily accented English: "So beautiful!"