Fight Over Cruelty to Coyotes and Geese Moves to Canada Goose Boardroom
For Immediate Release:
17 March 2017
Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]
FIGHT OVER CRUELTY TO COYOTES AND GEESE MOVES TO CANADA GOOSE BOARDROOM
PETA US Purchases Stock in Retailer to Push for an End to Sales of Real Fur and Down
London – As outerwear company Canada Goose goes public, it’s meeting an unexpected buyer: PETA US. In order to ask for policy changes, the animal-protection group purchased the minimum number of shares required to submit shareholder resolutions and to attend and speak at the company’s annual meetings. PETA US’ first order of business as part-owner of Canada Goose? To pressure the company to stop using fur from cruelly trapped coyotes and down feathers from slaughtered geese.
“Cruelty is part of every Canada Goose jacket trimmed with real fur and filled with real down”, says PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk. “From holding demonstrations and taking resolutions to the boardroom to having people rip the fur from their collars and give their jackets to the homeless, PETA US is pushing the company to stop peddling parkas that cause immense pain and suffering to coyotes and geese.”
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – points out that trapped animals such as coyotes, especially mothers desperate to get back to their starving pups, have been known to chew through their own limbs in an attempt to escape. If trapped animals don’t die from blood loss, infection, or frostbite, they’re often shot, stamped on, or bludgeoned to death when the trapper returns – as this PETA US video that went viral shows. In addition, birds abused for down spend their entire lives inside crowded, filthy sheds until they’re killed. Some geese’s throats are slit while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain.
This week, a PETA model stood in a “bloody” steel trap and led a demonstration in Knightsbridge, where London department stores Harvey Nichols and Harrods sell Canada Goose outerwear. Photos from the protest are available
For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.