‘Coyote’ to Protest Polar Bears International’s Canada Goose Coats

PETA Supporters Will Demand End to Wildlife Organization's Ties to Fur-and-Feather Coats

For Immediate Release:
February 18, 2020

Contact:
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Bozeman, Mont.What:    On Wednesday, a costumed “coyote” wearing a polar bear mask will brandish a sign asking, “If I Were a Bear, Would You Care?” and lead PETA supporters in a protest outside the headquarters of Polar Bears International (PBI), which has teamed up with Canada Goose to promote a collection of jackets trimmed with coyote fur and filled with goose down.

When:    Wednesday, February 19, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Where:    Outside PBI headquarters, 810 N. Wallace Avenue, Bozeman

“Killing geese and coyotes while trying to save polar bears is like polluting the ocean to save the rainforest,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on Polar Bears International to extend its empathy to all animals and end its hypocritical promotion of Canada Goose.”

PETA points out that trapped coyote mothers desperate to get back to their starving pups have tried to chew off their own legs to escape and that many trapped animals succumb to the elements, blood loss, infection, or attacks by predators before trappers return to shoot or bludgeon them to death. Ducks and geese used for down are typically shipped in all weather extremes to slaughterhouses, where they’re stunned, their throats are cut, and their bodies are dunked into defeathering tanks.

Following a PETA complaint and a subsequent Federal Trade Commission investigation, Canada Goose has stopped claiming that its standards ensure that its suppliers don’t abuse animals.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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