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Canada Goose Customers Are Unzipping & Donating The Fur Trim

March 20, 2017 by Leave a Comment


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In recent weeks, animal rights activists in NYC and Toronto have convinced dozens of people wearing Canada Goose coats to unzip the fur trim. Activists attribute their recent success to a growing public awareness about the cruelty inherent in producing Canada Goose and other fur coats.

Activists display fur trims collected during a protest at Paragon Sporting Goods, a Canada Goose retailer in NYC. (photo on right: Nathan Semmel)

During a protest at New York Stock Exchange on the day that Canada Goose went public, TheirTurn captured two of these incidents on camera.

Consumers who have agreed to unzip the fur have told activists that they thought the fur was fake or that they never stopped to think about what – or who – they were wearing until they were educated by the handouts, the recent media coverage and the anti-Canada Goose posters that have been plastered around the cities.

Rob Banks removes the fur trim from a Canada Goose coat in front of the New York Stock Exchange on the day that Canada Goose went public

Canada Goose decorates its coats with the fur of coyotes who are caught in steel leg-hold traps, where the wild dogs can suffer for days before the trappers return to shoot them in the head.  The canines often attempt to chew off their own limbs to escape the traps and return to their babies.

Activists donate the fur trim to rescue groups that use it to make blankets for orphaned animals.



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  1. anton brum says:

    Hi, I realize that there is a lot of cruelty when it comes to fur or down products. I own several parkas with thick coyote fur hoods. If you also own an “Apple I phone” then you are endorsing slave labur. These cell/mobile phones are made in sweat shops, the people work on production lines until they fall a sleep. In many of these “sweat shops” there are no windows or clocks, so workers have no idea of time, just work, work and work. Many large corporations that deal in mainly electronic goods tend to use China as a manufacturing basis for their products, with many sweat shops in operation. I’m sure that if you were to take an honest inventory of what is in your homes, you might be reluctant to purchase these items in future if you knew which country they were manufactured in.

    1. Mark Caponigro says:

      You make an excellent point. It’s ironic that in the past couple of decades or so, so many basically liberal people in this country have become quite affluent, and are as enthralled by the consumerist American lifestyle as any rich Republican. Many of these people are faux-liberals, or semi-liberals at best. We would all do well to take an inventory, as you recommend.

      Of course since for so many of us, an active life in our society simply cannot be lived without access to electronics, esp. smartphones and/or tablets. Buying such items is a bigger challenge than selecting clothing that may or may not contain the body parts of nonhuman animals, since Apple and the small number of other manufacturers don’t give us any real choices. So our activism must take another form.

  2. isobel ewing says:

    no to any fur

  3. isobel ewing says:

    I myself don’t wear any fur real or not

  4. I have just read that Canada Goose has had record earnings which makes me very upset The only reason that Canada Goose makes money from the backs of Coyotes and this barbaric cruelty is because of public naivete

    The public has no idea that these poor Coyotes are caught and suffer for days in leg-hold traps and the down is ripped from geese who are left cut bleeding and in trauma for their down Then once the down has grow back It is ripped out again

    While I absolutely hate PETA for their stance on pit bulls I am glad they are doing this campaign It is only public awareness of this brutal cruelty perpetrated for profit by the Canada Goose company that will see a decline in theirs sales of these coats.

    1. Mark Caponigro says:

      Yes, PETA has lots of different kinds of people engaged in lots of different kinds of campaigns; and some of those people and campaigns deserve much more praise than others. It’s not fair to condemn the entire organization for the klutziness and cluelessness of some of their activities. Even just among their anti-fur campaigns, some work better than others. E.g. this anti-Canada Goose protest seems to have had a good effect; but on other occasions, the display of beautiful naked women has caused unnecessary offense.

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