A petition has been launched on care2 to encourage three local businesses in Kingston, ON to stop supporting fur and the cruelty behind the fur industry by discontinuing selling their fur products and Canada Goose apparel. Please sign and share!
Each year over 50 million animals are killed for their fur, whether the animals are raised in a fur farm or wild animals are trapped.
Canada Goose is a Canadian outdoor clothing company who uses real coyote fur as trim on the hoods of their parkas. Despite the fact that the majority of Canadians abhor the use of fur, Canada Goose actually celebrates the trapping and killing of wildlife for unnecessary, decorative fur trim.
The infamous leg-hold trap is STILL legal in every province and territory across Canada and remains the most widely used, despite being banned in many 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. While leg-hold traps with ‘teeth’ have been banned, all leg-hold traps (including the remaining models) have the same intention: to prevent the escape of an animal who is fighting for his or her life. Many animals die trying to free themselves, as well as from dehydration, blood loss and hypothermia. Some animals become so desperate, they break teeth chewing and/or twisting off their own limbs to escape.
While in Canada, no laws on these traps have been changed, as Canada generates a lot of revenue from the fur industry and these methods may be considered easier to trappers.
Unfortunately, many non-target animals are also caught in these traps, such as domesticated pets, and other species of wildlife. The sad truth is that there is absolutely no justification for an animal to die a slow painful death, to merely take its fur for fashion purposes. Studies have shown that animals feel emotions similar to humans, anxiety, pain, fear, love, and joy. The acts of cruelty from trapping any animal are completely sadistic and barbaric to say the least; and one must not feel any sympathy for the animal that is having their life taken from them to provide fur for a major retailer of Canadian apparel.
Whether the fur is obtained from animals raised on a fur farm, or from animals killed in the wild, the fur industry is unethical and one can simply not wear a jacket and support these industries while claiming to be an animal lover. It simply doesn’t meet terms.
Farmed animals that are raised for fur are another issue. Fur farming is a major cause of climate change, and is very unsustainable, although some may agree that it can be sustainable, the truth is it has many negative impacts to the environment. Canada Goose buys their fur from auction houses that sell all sorts of fur, including farmed fur. Some sources have even made it clear that dog and cat fur can be used in their products, imported from Asia as it is cheaper and legal in Canada, sadly.
In an effort to sway the public, Canada Goose has a “fur policy.” Unfortunately the statements made in this “policy” are not intended to inform the discussion on fur, but rather misinform the public with the sole purpose of carrying on with ‘business as usual’. Most Canadians already know that the fur trade is inherently violent, and that fur products derived from this violence are also inherently frivolous. Marketing tactics are used commonly to lure a possible customer into believing the specific product is great, while taking the attention off of the negative aspects of the product.
Canada Goose plays several roles in marketing their products, one being the fact that Canada Goose loves to evoke iconic imagery of research scientists hiking along the unforgiving Arctic tundra. So if Canada Goose makes coats for the “coldest places on earth”, why are they all over Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and every other city in Canada? And moreover, why has it been described as “the uniform of the inner city aged 16-to-24 year olds” by Randy Harris, president of market research firm Trendex North America? […]
With Queens University students being a convenient location from these businesses, it is no surprise why many may like to have the latest fashion trends and as of 2016, Canada Goose apparel is becoming more common amongst the students and youth of Kingston, the majority potentially unaware of the truth behind the brand.
Many businesses and fashion retailers refuse to sell such products, as synthetic fur is quite readily available, less costly and just as appealing to suit ones style. Bonus: You will not be supporting animal cruelty.
There have been many businesses throughout Canada that have received negative backlash and criticism from knowingly selling inhumane fur products, specifically those designed by “Canada Goose.”
Many of these businesses have discontinued selling fur products and have listened to the voice of the public.