Canada Goose coats faces legal battle for denying animal cruelty

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The fur-lined hoods of the $900 Canada Goose parkas identified by the company’s circular red, white and blue patch on the arm, have been reaching an all time popularity since December. Although celebrities wearing them have been pushing the outdoor sportswear company to its success, there is ongoing controversy over accusations of animal cruelty.

The coats, trimmed with coyote fur have become a Manhattan fashion driven statement. According to Yahoo,  celebrities  Emma Stone, Daniel Craig, Drake, and Rihanna have been wearing the parkas; making the pricey outerwear increasingly popular, but at what price? Displays are popping up everywhere from New York City to the London streets calling on consumers to boycott the product. Protests are held weekly outside of the SoHo flagship store, and even though there has been an effort to sway the public about the company’s “fur policy,” animal rights advocates contend the reports are aimed to misinform the public with the sole purpose of “business as usual.”


The leg-hold trap remains legal in every province and territory across Canada and is the most widely used, despite a ban in other countries (including the EU), as well as Florida, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Arizona. The American Veterinary Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the World Veterinary Association, the National Animal Control Association, the Humane Society of the United States and the Sierra Club all oppose the leg-hold trap. Many animals die struggling to get free. Many die from dehydration, blood loss and hypothermia. Some animals become so desperate, they break their teeth chewing; some will even chew off their own limbs to escape; suffice to say, the animals suffer greatly before they are ultimately killed.

The Daily Mail reports Canada Goose does not buy from fur farms because there are no coyote fur farms. Coyote fur can only be obtained by shooting or trapping them in leg-hold, Conibear or snare traps.  And Canada Goose also buys their fur from auction houses that sell all sorts of fur, including farmed fur.

According to an ongoing legal complaint, consumers continue to be duped into thinking they are making either an ethical choice or buying the best product when they purchase Canada Goose. In an effort to sway the public, Canada Goose claims they have a “fur policy.” Most informed and compassionate people already know that the fur trade is inherently violent, and that fur products derived from this violence are also inherently frivolous.

“They claim they’re an ethical company, but it’s an oxymoron,” stated Rob Banks, an activist who has led the charge against Canada Goose in New York. “You can’t humanely kill an animal. The videos prove it,” he says and suggests people just do a google search showing animals try to escape from the standard leg hold traps.

The fur trade is a $40 billion industry with its biggest markets in China and Russia, and even though Canada Goose has billions of dollars to promote their brand, compassionate people don’t want to support it.

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17 replies
    • Coyote says:

      I totally agree , there is no reason to kill a poor animal just for the hell of it, these people who do this are sick. & I hope karma will come to them, or they will become the coyote in their next life & see how it feels.

  1. Linda Szymoniak says:

    Only fur hags would buy anything with real animal fur. We need to get the word out and convince people NOT to buy from this business.

    • ellen cottone says:

      every last person should know what an animal goes thru when they are skinned alive. that is the onlything that will open up a mind and stop any normal person dead in their tracks agaist fur.

  2. Red says:

    They should have a video showing (the horrible, painful, death these poor animals are subjected to) somewhere on the streets near stores selling these coats ….see how popular they are once people see what painful deaths they had for their pretty little coats!

    • ellen cottone says:

      Exactly Red,
      Images are powerful and a relatively new tool against fur want.
      Any person will be revolted and scurry away in shame . And have intrusive images of unspeakable suffering etched into your brain for the rest of your life.
      This is how we change this in this century. Pictures and 3 min videos . Of the horrable. Because the brutality of skinning animals alive as well as the scalding of live geese for feather and down removable has been hidden and censured from regular people for a dangerious 100 yrs now.
      This is how we scream,
      in a wisper.

  3. Pat McKnight says:

    Not to mention that they are down-filled, and down is usually ripped by hand off of birds who are alive and trying to kick,

    • ellen cottone says:

      yes pat,
      twice a year an asian women place her bare foot on the gooses neck and she pulls and tares at its body trearing with all her might rippin feathers and raw skin . then the bloody animal in shock is thrown back in a small filthy cage to try and survive the ordeal. Only to have it repeated months later.
      Not because we need it mind you.
      Because some people Want it! they have no idea where any of this comes from.
      Every body should know. then work out your salvation.
      With fear and shaking.
      Over the stink ,blood, Guts and fear of another living creature. For unessary fashion.

  4. ellen cottone says:

    such a nice coat company, paired with a fine pair of Uggs you can just rock star on down the street like ya just dont care.
    Wouldnt it be tragic for you if the steel trap was on the other foot. May be next life time. You get to come back as the animal skinned alive so you can ware a fur collar.

  5. Carole says:

    The so-called stars only care about themselves not the sweet innocent animals that are tortured and die a painful death for some piece of clothing that they think they look good in. They are unimportant self centered idiots and we are fools to waste our money on anything they produce, do or say. Ignore them and they will fade away and the animals will be so much better off.


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