Does cruelty keep you warm?

Now that the winter season is here, all types of winter jackets are being pulled out of storage. The main brand of coat seen around WCI is Canada Goose. Canada Goose is a Canadian winter clothing manufacturing company founded in 1957 by Sam Tick. They produce a wide variety of jackets, parkas, vests, hats, gloves, and other winter apparel. Canada Goose jackets became extremely famous for being the warmest jacket, being worn on the mountain by the first Canadian to summit Mount Everest, and by the 4 time champion of the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest dog sled races. These jackets typically retail between $600 and $800. Sales have increased dramatically in the past few years, rising from $3 million in 2001 to $200 million in 2014 to $591 million in 2017.

Canada Goose jackets are a very controversial subject in regards to the process in which they make the furry hood. The fur in the lined hood is made from coyotes who were trapped, killed, and skinned. Trappers use steel leg clamps, head-crushing traps, body-gripping traps, or neck snares. When the coyotes are trapped, they spend multiple multiple days suffering and usually experience a slow death as a result of blood loss, dehydration, frostbite, or shock and sometimes even are attacked by other animals. Many try to chew their own limbs off to escape. If the coyote survives, a trapper will shoot, strangle, stomp on, or bludgeon them to death. Once dead, the trappers skin them and discard their naked bodies as thoughtlessly as their lives were taken. After this, the fur is sewed to a coat, rubbing against a person’s face for the next couple of years. Canada Goose jackets and apparel are products of cruelty. These garments are not worth the innocent lives taken in the process.

Canada Goose issued a statement, claiming “We do not condone any willful mistreatment, neglect, or acts that maliciously cause undue pain, injury, or suffering towards animals, and we are committed to providing full transparency about how we make our products.” So does that mean that torturing the coyotes is not willful? Is it really accidental? What did the coyotes do to make the pain and suffering “due?” Canada Goose states that they only use “ethically sourced down fur,” which forces the assumption that the fur they use is from coyotes which died from natural causes. To trap, slaughter and skin a coyote for a coat is far from ethical.