(WINDSOR, ON) – Demonstrators from PETA were on hand in Windsor today to bring awareness to the plight of coyotes and Canada Geese. The seemingly disparate animals are tired together in the products of down coat manufacturer Canada Goose.
The company, according to PETA, is responsible for the unnecessary cruelty to coyotes who are leg-hold trapped for their fur while mistreating geese to harvest down for the coats.
“From geese who were trampled and suffocated to coyotes who struggle in traps until trappers strangle, shoot, stomp on, or bludgeon them to death, a fur-and-down coat is a spectacle of suffering,” said Tracy Reiman, executive vice president with PETA. “PETA is calling on shoppers to reject Canada Goose’s cruelty and shop vegan.”
On the company website, Canada Goose says it ethically sources the animal products that go into their garments.
“We understand and respect that some people think animal products should never be used in any consumer products, however we do not share that view,” Canada Goose says. “We are committed to providing full transparency about how we make our products, including the ethical sourcing and responsible use of animal products.”
In addition to the usual activists carrying signs, the PETA demonstration, at University Avenue and Ouellette Avenue, included the presence of two dead “geese” and a body-painted “coyote” caught in a bloody trap.
In place of using animals in the manufacture of clothing, PETA suggests that cruelty-free synthetic apparel is a better choice and better product.