PETA Protesters Urge Shoppers to Reject Fur-and-Feather Coats
For Immediate Release:
August 30, 2019
David Perle 202-483-7382
Edmonton, Alta. – Armed with realistic “skinned coyote” and “dead goose” props, a pack of PETA supporters stormed the new Canada Goose store at the West Edmonton Mall on Friday evening to alert shoppers to the company’s cruelty to birds and coyotes.
“Canada Goose is making money from birds and coyotes who were violently killed for their down and fur trim,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman says. “PETA is calling on the kind shoppers of Edmonton to support only companies that use vegan materials, because no animal deserves to die for a jacket.”
Coyotes used for the company’s fur trim can suffer in traps for days with broken legs and cuts before they’re shot or bludgeoned to death. Trapped coyote mothers desperate to get back to their starving pups have even been known to attempt to chew off their own limbs in order to escape. Birds used by the down industry 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—before they’re immersed in scalding-hot water.
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.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview that fosters violence toward other animals. For more information, please visit PETA.org.