Black Friday kindness

The day after Thanksgiving has been claimed by consumerism, early morning bargain hunters and people not always on their best behavior (search for “Black Friday fights” online for dozens of videos depicting shopping hordes getting violent). But the Cruelty-Free Friday demonstrators—the event evolved from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' Fur-Free Friday—wants to encourage these cutthroat consumers to give pause and eschew purchasing items that were tested on animals or consist of animal products including fur, leather, wool, angora and feathers. It takes place on Friday, November 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arden Fair mall (1735 Arden Way). Hopefully, the anti-cruelty demonstration will also inspire folks to be kind to their fellow shoppers. Lest they want their 15 minutes of fame to be a YouTube clip of them fighting over a $2 waffle maker.