Vancouverites who find themselves in the Hornby Street shopping area on Friday evening are in for quite a surprise. PETA supporters and members of Direct Action Everywhere have planned a protest against Canada Goose. They will be marching to the Vancouver store to urge shoppers not to buy their coyote fur coats. The Vancouver PETA Canada Goose protest march will begin at 6 p.m. on November 15.
Participants will convene at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 5 p.m., then march to the Canada Goose store at 701 West Georgia Street.
“Every Canada Goose coat represents the suffering of coyotes who were caught in painful steel traps and geese who were violently killed,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a press release.
“PETA is calling on shoppers to steer clear of Canada Goose as long as it continues to profit from animal suffering and death,” she continued.
This evening’s march intends to “urge shoppers not to buy the retailer’s coats made with coyote fur and goose down,” according to the press release.
The statement explains how coyotes and geese are reportedly treated during the making of Canada Goose products.
Canada Goose is known globally for its exceptionally warm coats. Though, there has been a great deal of controversy surrounding their products in relation to animal rights and animal cruelty.
With that said, the Canada Goose website directly addresses the origins and ethics surrounding their fur and down. They open by explaining that they are committed to “making best-in-class products.”
“In making those products, we are committed to being transparent about where and how we make our products, including the ethical sourcing and responsible use of animal products,” reads the retailer's website.
The statement outlines why Canada Goose selects the materials that they do, how they are sourced, and where they come from.
"We know that wearing fur is a personal choice and we respect that. In turn, we hope that people recognize our commitment to responsible use and ethical sourcing of fur."
On the contrary, the bottom of PETA's press release reads "Following a PETA complaint and a subsequent U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigation, Canada Goose has stopped claiming that its standards ensure that its suppliers don’t abuse animals."
PETA has had long-standing tension with Canada Goose. This year, PETA protests broke out at Toronto International’s Film Festival because of the festival’s ties to the retailer. Last month, PETA announced that they’d be suing Toronto for taking down their anti-Canada Goose ads.
PETA has garnered more than 6.5 million members and supporters over the years, many of whom have participated in Canada Goose-specific protests in the past.
Narcity has reached out to Canada Goose for comment and we will update this story when we receive a response.