Canada Gloose jackets

Conny By Conny, 26th Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1rpajtw3/
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Once again helpless animals have to die in the name of fashion. Canada Goose jackets are being made of goose feathers and are trimmed with coyote fur. Are you prepared to have blood on your hands in the name of fashion?

Canada Goose jackets

In a time when the use of fur is not only frowned upon but condemned by animal lovers and animal protection organizations around the world, progress has been made to create awareness for animal rights. More and more well known designers are avoiding the use of fur in their clothing lines. Unfortunately, Canada Goose is not one of those designers . Instead, they have introduced a line of winter jackets to withstand extreme cold weather.

The Canada Goose company admits to the use of goose down and coyote fur and state that the killing of these animals is done humanely. Yet can mass killing ever be justified and considered humane? Just how many coyotes are being trapped solely for their fur, and how countless numbers of geese are being slaughtered for their feathers to make up the thousands of jackets leaving their factory?

How much bloodshed must there be in the name of fashion? And, who really requires that type of extreme cold weather clothing protection?

Surely, in our modern world, there are plenty of warm and insulating clothing alternatives that don’t involve the slaughter of helpless animals. Skiers and mountain climbers managed very well before Canada Goose jackets came into fashion.

It’s different for Eskimos. As a primitive culture, they live off the land and have been wearing fur clothing for centuries. Another important distinction is that Eskimos don’t kill animals only for their fur. They use every part of the animal for a purpose including eating the meat. Even though Western food has been introduced to the Eskimos, they still hunt to supplement their income and out of respect for their cultural traditions.

At a cost of $500 and up, it would appear that wearing a Canada Goose jacket is more of a status symbol than an important way to keep warm. The jackets display a circular red, white and blue badge with the logo of Canada Goose for authenticity. www.canadagoose.com

Already counterfeit jackets are on the market, and the Canada Goose company has mixed feelings about these knock-offs. On the one hand they are flattered at being copied, but on the other hand they are displeased that they are losing business. Whenever this happens in fashion, it proves that consumers care more about the designer label than the quality of the product.

In both cases, whether it be Canada Goose or the counterfeit products, animals have to pay the price so that people can look trendy during winter.
http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/sto ry/2010/12/16/con-counterfeit- jackets.html

Of particular concern to animal lovers everywhere was when the Canadian Trudeau family (politically liberal Justin Trudeau, his wife and two kids) were photographed posing for a Christmas card clad in Canada Goose parkas lined with coyote fur while huddled under a fur blanket. http://www.nationalpost.com/ne ws/Makers+Trudeau+family+parka s+defend+product+sustainable/3 998864/story.html

Canada has long been condemned by animal activists and governments alike for not stopping the inhumane slaughter of seals including seal cubs. www.canadiansealhunt.com

It would appear that with the trapping of coyotes, and the excessive slaughter of geese, Canada’s leaders have managed yet another black mark on their already blood smeared reputation.

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author avatar D in The Darling
26th Dec 2010 (#)

Oh, what an emotional article!
You're not standing on the fence. Your position is clear, I like that.
A well written article and thanks for sharing! I'm your follower!

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author avatar D in The Darling
26th Dec 2010 (#)

Oh, what an emotional article!
You're not standing on the fence. Your position is clear, I like that.
A well written article and thanks for sharing! I'm your follower!

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author avatar Denise O
26th Dec 2010 (#)

In the modern world where we can buy man made things, why must we still kill just for fashion.
I will never get this.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Sonia
5th Jan 2011 (#)

I live in Montreal, and I see too many of these jackets. It makes me so sad to see this, to the point that I stay home alot more just to avoid seeing all the fur on jackets and boots. It's 2010, and we no longer have to use fur to keep warm like we did as neanderthals. People are so ignorant and selfish these days, they don't even question where their fur came from, how it was "produced," or even which animal the fur came from... I can't stand it.

I'm actually ashamed to be Canadian. My country tries to project a goodie-goodie image, yet has more of a bloodie-bloodie reputation worldwide because of our infamous annual seal bashing to death and other animal cruelty. It is legal to sell cat / dog fur here, we are 10 years behind the USA in banning cat/dog fur. Alot of us are working to change that, but our current conservative government DENIES it is being sold here, yet I SEE CAT/DOG FUR PRODUCTS in stores - those little cat & dog figurines, covered in real cat/dog fur, and coat trim that looks like german shepherd (!!).

I myself have been passing out postcards and flyers to people to get the word out, and we have a Canadian organization, the Fur-Bearer Defenders, working on the issue, and a Member of Parliament who has proposed a Bill to ban cat/dog fur (still in progress). Canadian rocker Bif Naked has joined the fight, and is promoting awareness.

I encourage everyone to boycott Canadian tourism and products like maple syrup, and by all means, tell our government what you think about our love of cruelty! Governments only understand the money language.

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author avatar Cindy
5th Jan 2011 (#)

The word "Eskimo" has not been used in decades. I think you are referring to the Inuit people. "Inuit" refers to the population, and "Inuk" refers to one person. The word "eskimo" is another bogus label given to indigenous people by non-indigenous people. It's like calling a Native person an "indian."

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author avatar Emma
5th Feb 2011 (#)

Although I agree with the author about goose down coats I found the reference to "Eskimos" (not even the correct name, are you from the 60s?) and their "primitive culture" INCREDIBLY offensive. There is no such thing as a "primitive culture", and it is certainly not the Inuit culture, which is proud and survived in one of the harshest environments on Earth. The author should educate him/herself about the issues, perhaps they are not aware of how outwardly racist statements about 'primitive cultures' are. It makes my skin crawl that people can still write things like this.

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author avatar Mel
25th Sep 2011 (#)

First of all, it is INUIT...not Eskimo (which is a term frowned upon and politically incorrect here in Canada and all over the world) but also...have you ever visited Winnipeg, Manitoba, lived in Churchill or any other city that lives with temperatures of -40 to -60 degrees in the winter! I agree entirely that the jacket is a horrible fashion statement and noticed the same horror upon seeing people wearing them in full spring in Toronto. But I own one and purchased one this year because I could no longer bear the winter coats that I had so politically correctly purchased and froze in winter after winter and year after year. I live in very cold temperatures for most of the year and am satisfied with my purchase. And purchasing a Canada Goose jacket, alone, does not make me an animal hater or a horrible person. I agree with you on some part, but saying that only Inuit people have the right to wear fur is wrong. Many issues are at play in this statement and comments and assumptions about our First Nations peoples are touchy and loaded issues. You would be deeply saddened at the abuse that takes place in our First Nations communities. Healing and care needs to be addressed on so many levels and in so many ways. For animals and people alike.

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author avatar Matt W
27th Jan 2012 (#)

While I appreciate the sentiment of this article, like several others here, I too am appalled at the labeling of the Inuit people as "Eskimos" and calling them "a primitive culture." To me, this is an egregious insult which overshadows any sort of lesson about environmental sustainability and temperance.

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author avatar GenR
27th Jan 2012 (#)

I wonder if purchasing a Canada Goose Jacket created in a more ethical factory makes more sense than mass produced imported jackets from China, paying for the transportation costs and fostering globalization...From an environmental perspective locally made products are the way to go and I will choose a Canadian product over a product designed in the USA and made in China...
Also, do your research...Eskimo is an insulting term meaning fish eater...they are called Inuit. There are always many facets to an issue and I would recommend looking at all of them.

Finally, a lot of goose down is collected when geese shed their feathers, and therefore, geese do not die in the process and do not suffer any pain.
Again, more research might be needed on your end.

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author avatar GenR
27th Jan 2012 (#)

One more thing that just disgusts me,
labelling a culture and a people as primitive is unbelievable.
The Inuit are one of the most incredible people on this planed having survived and FLOURISHED in the harshest climates on earth.

Come down from your ivory tower, open your eyes and its time to change your colonial attitude.

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author avatar yellowzigzag
21st Apr 2012 (#)

I love fashoin but Ive not really thought where it comes from, but I think I love the birds and animal life better

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author avatar Love Animals
6th Feb 2013 (#)

Thank, and Thank you for sharing, the animals can't speak for themselves.
April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month! wear the color orange, orange ribbons are worn as an awareness ribbon symbolizes ... as
the Animal Guardian Ribbon.

Let's GO ORANGE and take a stand against animal cruelty.

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