Published by Michelle Kretzer.

Unless Cruella de Vil is on your gift list, you don’t want to give anyone a Canada Goose jacket, the worst gift of the holiday season. Why not? We’ll give you five good reasons:

  1. Getting called a “Canada Douche” does not a fun holiday memory make.

You know the hallmarks of a real douche: someone who’s obnoxious, arrogant, materialistic, and laughs when others are suffering. And that’s exactly the kind of person Canada Goose is marketing its overpriced and cruelly produced coats to. So PETA launched our Canada Douche campaign to let people know that friends don’t let friends dress like douches.

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  1. No one wears real animal fur anymore.

Top designers are fleeing from fur like it’s going out of style (because it never was in). Major fashion houses—including Jean Paul Gaultier, Armani, Versace, Gucci, Burberry, John Galliano, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood, and many others—are switching to faux fur because no one wants animals to be trapped, bludgeoned, and skinned. The only statement that wearing real fur makes is, “I have no soul.”

  1. Down is a pretty serious downer, too.

Ducks and geese suffer for down as well—no matter its origin. Birds used for their down are inevitably sent to the slaughterhouse, where standard practice is to hang them upside down, stun them, and then slit their throats—often while they’re still conscious. Following a PETA complaint and subsequent Federal Trade Commission investigation, Canada Goose stopped claiming that its standards ensure that its suppliers don’t abuse animals.

  1. Getting turned down for a date because you’re wearing dead animals = not festive = thanks a lot = never wearing this crappy gift again.

Who wants to go out with someone who is mean to animals, indifferent when others are suffering, and quite possibly insecure and attempting to hide behind an expensive label? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Nope. But that’s exactly the vibe that people give off when they wear Canada Goose. A study on Tinder revealed that vegan men got double the number of right swipes as meat-eaters, so we know that daters prefer their potential mates to be kind. Don’t be a blocker.

  1. Your squad is not that basic.

Preppy? Boho-chic? Powder shredder? Your bests have their own personalities and their own style, and there are compassionate coats in loads of colors, weights, and designs, so you can wrap them in a winter coat that’s warm, warm-hearted, and truly them. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites here.

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And while you’re passing them by, tell the Canada Douches that there will be no dead animals under your tree this holiday.

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