PETA Will Show Shoppers Graphic Reasons Why They Should Never Buy Fur-and-Feather Parkas
For Immediate Release:
June 18, 2020
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Edmonton, Alta. – PETA supporters—adhering to social distancing guidelines and wearing masks—will descend on the West Edmonton Mall, where a Canada Goose store is located, on Friday to demand that the company stop using feathers from slaughtered birds and fur from coyotes caught in steel traps. Instead of handing out leaflets, demonstrators will display a QR code that passersby can scan to access a hands-free “virtual leaflet” with information about the cruelty inherent in every Canada Goose garment. PETA is also holding protests at other Canada Goose stores in cities across Canada, including Montréal, Calgary, and Banff.
When: Friday, June 19, 12 noon
Where: Outside the West Edmonton Mall, at the intersection of 87 Avenue N.W. and 170 Street N.W., Edmonton
“Behind every fur-collared and down-filled jacket are wonderful coyotes who fought for their lives while caught in traps and gentle geese whose throats were slit,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA wants consumers to know that if they care about animals, the last place they should be shopping is Canada Goose.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—notes that trapped coyotes can succumb to the elements, blood loss, infection, or attacks by predators before trappers return to kill them. Geese and ducks used for down are typically shoved into crates and shipped in all weather extremes to slaughterhouses, where they’re stunned, their throats are cut, and their bodies are dunked into scalding-hot defeathering tanks.
Following a PETA complaint and a subsequent U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigation, Canada Goose stopped claiming that its standards ensure that its suppliers don’t abuse animals. In February, Forbes reported, “Canada Goose shares fell 42% in the past year as investors grew increasingly concerned about slowing growth, inventory levels and the backlash it has faced over its use of coyote fur.”
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