PETA Supporters Will Brandish Posters of Dead Animals Before Bill Maher Confronts Retailer at Annual Meeting
For Immediate Release:
August 14, 2019
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Toronto – As employees arrive at Canada Goose’s headquarters on Thursday morning ahead of the company’s virtual annual meeting for shareholders, they’ll be greeted by black-clad PETA protesters with blown-up images of a man who’s wearing the brand’s fur-and-feather parka and holding a dead goose and coyote. During the meeting, television host and comedian Bill Maher will ask executives on PETA’s behalf, “When will Canada Goose get with the times and stop using real fur and down?” Another protest will take place at the Canada Goose flagship store in New York City at the same time.
When: Thursday, August 15, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Canada Goose headquarters, 250 Bowie Ave. (at the intersection with Sanderstead Avenue), Toronto
“Every Canada Goose coat represents the suffering, torment, and death of sensitive animals who valued their own lives,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA asks consumers to support only cruelty-free companies offering coats that don’t include down from birds whose throats were slit or fur from coyotes who were violently killed.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—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 predators before trappers return to kill them. Ducks and geese used for down are shipped in all weather extremes to slaughterhouses, where their throats are cut and their bodies dunked into defeathering tanks.
Following a PETA complaint and subsequent Federal Trade Commission investigation, Canada Goose has stopped claiming that its standards ensure that its suppliers don’t abuse animals.
Broadcast-quality video footage is available upon request. PETA opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.