Saturday the 11th of November saw an immense gathering of protesters outside the brand new Canada Goose store in Regent Street London.
The store is famous for producing winter wear clothing, but people are concerned about the animal products used when constructing the jackets, which includes goose down, which is sourced cruelly, according to PETA, and coyote skins, which are used to trim the parka jackets.
Wildlife presenter Anneka Svenska joined crowds and organisations SURGE and PETA UK with her wolfdog who possesses an identical coat to her coyote cousins. The sight of the dog outside the store brought a tear to many protesters and certainly helped shoppers make more of a connection to the clothing that Canada Goose produces.
The coyote skin is purchased from trappers in Canada who lay metal foot traps on the ground, so that a coyote becomes trapped by his foot. The coyote can suffer extreme pain and agony, as the traps can cut into the flesh and bone. Some trappers have been known to not return to a trap for days, leaving the animal in pain and high levels of stress without food or water. If the animal is still alive when the trapper returns, they are either beaten to death or shot. This is not a regulated practice, so its down to the trapper to how he dispatches the animal.
Charity PETA has produced this short film on the trapping of coyotes, which is the method used by Canada Goose when obtaining its coyote skins.
Humane Society International and PETA are currently both running anti fur campaigns and urge shoppers to go FUR FREE this Christmas, boycotting shops such as Canada Goose and other brands which use fur in their clothing. With so many faux fur alternatives on the market and the mild climate of the UK, there really is no reason for people to buy a garment sourced from an animal anymore.
Wendy Higgins of HSI does urge shoppers to still carefully check faux fur, as mislabelling has led many consumers to purchase real fur which has been labelled as faux. Real fur will always have skin at the base of the hair and pointed guard hairs.