Sales of Canada Goose winter jackets are reaching all time highs. The celebrity favored, highly prized winter wear is becoming a common fixture on the streets of New York City and across America.
People are snapping up the toasty warm, high-fashion winter coats that typically cost $600-$800 and more, to ward off the frigid temps.
But just in case you wanted to know, those nice furry linings on some Canada Goose winter jacket hoods? Wild coyote from Canadian fur trappers.
Canada Goose Coyote Fur Lined Jackets
Thought French Canadian fur trappers were a thing of the 1700s? Guess again. It is quite legal to leg trap coyote in Canada. Why does the Canada Goose company use coyote? The company web site says, “…because it is highly abundant…” and “…coyotes are considered a pest.”
The same could easily be said of feral cats or the annoying kid next door.
Canada Goose also says; “We know that whether or not people want to wear fur is a personal choice, and we respect that. In turn, we hope that people will respect our ethical and responsible use of fur.”
Coyote Traps Unethical At Any Cost
A scathing article in the Daily Mail clearly demonstrated the cruelty of trapping coyotes and other animals. And yes, those leg traps you were so horrified by as a grade-schooler, are still legal in Canada and most of the U.S. True, they don’t have teeth like they once did, but try telling that to a trapped coyote who is starving to death and trying to gnaw off its own leg.
Bain Capital Owns a Majority of Canada Goose Coat Company
Remember Bain Capital? In 2013, Mitt Romney’s old stomping ground bought a majority stake in the company.
Celebrities, including Matt Damon, Hilary Duff and Maggie Gyllenhaal, have been seen wearing the jackets. The jackets have also been worn by actors and actresses in movies. In The Day After Tomorrow, Canada Goose’s Expedition Parka is worn by research scientists.
The company also hands out “hundreds” of coats a year to celebrities at “cold weather film-festivals.”
But isn’t leather cruel? Doesn’t nylon come from petroleum?
True, this is an imperfect world, the cotton in your clothing probably came from a horrific farm in China, but I make a distinction between domesticated animals raised for food where the byproduct of their skin or feathers is another use, and wild caught animals used for fashion.
By contrast, Canada Goose sources the down for its coats from Feather Industries Canada which claims on its website to only buy “from farms that we personally visit and inspect to ensure our partners are practicing the ethical and humane treatment of their animals.” that includes free range when possible, no force-fed geese and only birds that have been slaughtered for food.
Canada Goose clothing says there are no artificial substitutes for warmth, but not all of their products use coyote fur. They have several hooded models that are just hoods. No fur. So, unless you’re trekking to Newfoundland, the non-fur hood seems to keep most people warm enough. How many arctic explorers are there in New York City anyway?
What You Can Do to Help
If you must own a Canada Goose jacket then buy one without the coyote fur hood. They have several models without fur lined hoods.
You can also write to the company and tell them how you feel about coyote fur.
Now, I Must Address a Personal Issue About My Use of Compulsory Employees
I am actually glad Canada Goose coats has addressed the fur issue head on, because it has given me the courage to address a situation in my own personal business.
I have been set upon by some bleeding-heart types lately who don’t understand my role in supporting the economy, about my labor practices in my home. I want to set the record straight.
Like the Canada Goose clothing company, I too adhere to the highest ethical standards.
In my case it is not fur, but the most ethical and responsible use of compulsory, unsalaried laborers and their offspring to cook my food, tend to my children, clean my house and take care of my cars.
Like wearing fur, hiring nonpaid compelled team members, is a personal choice. And isn’t that what America is all about? The freedom to make personal choices? I personally choose not to pay my labor intensive employees, but I do choose to pay the overseer, I mean, foreman, to make sure my compulsory employees are meeting their fullest working potential.
So you see, I am making a choice of whom to pay and whom gets free room and board.
I hope you will respect my choice to use indentured servants, as I respect your choice to wear fur and not hire mandatory, constrained unpaid employees.