Bill Maher and PETA Expose Canada Goose at Annual Meeting

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

Do bone fractures, lacerations, and hemorrhaging sound “ethical” to you? As a Canada Goose shareholder, that’s what PETA wants to ask executives. Our longtime supporter Bill Maher is once again helping us speak up for coyotes and geese, by exposing Canada Goose’s misleading claims at the company’s annual meeting and demanding to know when it plans to end its use of fur and down.

bill maher at petas 35th anniversary gala, new spoof canada goose logo© Getty Images for PETA

During the virtual meeting, a PETA representative will submit this question that Maher penned to the company:

“My name is Bill Maher, and I’m submitting a question on behalf of PETA.

I am disturbed that Canada Goose continues to sell real fur and down. The company’s fur sourcing “standards” still allow coyotes caught in steel traps to languish with potential broken bones and hemorrhaging for days before the trapper returns to shoot or bludgeon them to death.

Canada Goose jackets are stuffed with the down feathers of birds who died violently. In the down industry, birds are shipped in all weather extremes from the farm to gruesome slaughterhouses, where they are immobilized, their throats are slit to bleed them to death, and their bodies are scalded in defeathering tanks.

The time has come for Canada Goose to stop being cruel and start being kind, by switching to high-tech, animal-free materials, as so many other major brands have done.

My question is this: When will Canada Goose get with the times and stop using real fur and down? Thank you.”

The company knows that animals are being violently killed for its coats, even while humane animal-free faux fur and down are readily available. So PETA isn’t stopping there. At the same time that we’re blasting Canada Goose during its annual meeting, throngs of supporters will be outside its Toronto headquarters dressed in all black and showing images of the types of torment inflicted on coyotes and geese for jackets …

peta demo outside canada goose hq on the day of the annual shareholder meeting

peta demo outside canada goose hq on the day of the annual shareholder meeting

… and outside the flagship store in New York City with an eye-catching bloody fur crawl.

canada goose protest, fur, down, peta-owned

canada goose protest, fur, down, peta-owned

canada goose protest, fur, down, peta-owned

canada goose protest, fur, down, peta-owned

We won’t stop until Canada Goose ends the cruelty. Urge your friends and family to say no to Canada Goose and yes to animal-friendly fashion.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind