Canada Goose fashion brand to go fur-free by the end of next year

High-end coat company Canada Goose has pledged to stop using fur in its products by the end of next year.
The Canadian fashion brand, known for its $1,000 (£718) parkers, said it would stop buying the material by the end of this year and cease manufacturing with it by the end of 2022.

The environmentally conscious decision follows years of backlash over the brand’s use of animal fur.
Canada Goose has long been criticised by animal welfare groups like the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as its winter parkas have their hoods lined with coyote fur.
PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said: “After years of eye-catching protests, hard-hitting exposés, celebrity actions, and legal battles, as the company has finally conceded and will stop using fur – sparing sensitive, intelligent, coyotes from being caught and killed in barbaric steel traps.”

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Humane Society International said the decision was a “momentous step in the demise of cruel fur fashion”.

Image: Animal rights groups have campaigned against the brand’s use of animal fur as a trim. Pic: AP
Claire Bass, executive director of the Humane Society, added: “For years, Canada Goose’s trademark parka jackets with coyote fur trim have been synonymous with fur cruelty but their announcement today is another major blow to the global fur trade.”

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Canada Goose’s president and CEO, Dani Reiss, said the decision to stop using fur was linked to the company wanting to become more sustainable.
He told the New York Times: “Our focus has always been on making products that deliver exceptional quality, protection from the elements, and perform the way consumers need them to.
“This decision transforms how we will continue to do just that. We are accelerating the sustainable evolution of our designs.”
The company has also attracted criticism over its use of goose down to pad and line the inside of its jackets.
PETA alleges the down industry use painful methods to kill geese for their feathers, however Canada Goose’s website says the company use responsibly sourced down from the poultry industry.
The charity said they will continue to put pressure on Canada Goose to stop using the product.
Other large companies have made similar moves to attract increasingly eco-conscious shoppers.
Versace, Michael Kors and Gucci have recently decided to go fur-free, while apparel makers Nike and Gap are looking to make their products more sustainable.

Source : Sky News