Canada Goose Controversy
By Kaitlyn B.
Recently there has been much conflict surrounding the popular winter coats made by the company Canada Goose, a brand of jackets created with real coyote fur, down from geese, and ducks. Originally founded in Toronto in the 1950s, these jackets feature real fur stitched along the hood, this being a bit controversial since many similar companies use a faux fur material.
Most Canada Goose jackets come with hefty price tags, from $600 to even a few thousand. It’s no doubt they make millions of dollars each year since they’ve come out.
It has emerged that though trendy and expensive, these jackets are made of coyote fur. The company also uses down from ducks and geese. The problem certain people have, including groups like PETA or other animal rights associations, is that there are so many other alternatives for this feature on the hoods that doesn’t include the killing of animals, alternatives just as fashionable and just as functional.
Though there is much conflict surrounding this brand, some students feel it is not the most important talking point.
One student at Duxbury High School, Maddie E., said “I feel like there are other problems, like leather or other fur clothing used in the fashion industry, yet it isn’t being discussed as much as Canada Goose. The coats are all over Duxbury, so there is definitely a prominent discussion here. We need jackets.”
Aside from that, many people around the world, especially the students at Duxbury High School, continue to wear these jackets, whether they know where they’re coming from or not, and whether they are upset about it or not.
One student, Ben E., a sophomore, owns one of these jackets. He received it as a gift, and, despite the controversy, he said, “I love the material the jacket is made out of, and I love how comfortable and warm it is, as well as how it looks.”
In regards to the rights of animals, Ben said, “I can personally say I would not buy one with my own money, simply for that reason. I do feel bad about having [the jacket] sometimes, but it doesn’t really impact my life that much.”
A student who does not own one, but is aware of their use of real animal materials, and the means of killing them used, Abby Z., said “I think Canada Goose is a very bad company. It kills and tortures coyotes, as well as geese for their feathers inside the coat.” She continues, “Not a lot of people know what goes on inside the company, so they don’t see the torture and suffering the animals endure. They just see the pretty, finished product, but they skin, torture, and cause so much harm to the coyotes. They just suffer then die.”
Though many students are on opposite sides of the scale, some students are unbothered by the controversy.
Ava C., a senior at Duxbury High School, said “I think that the controversy is stupid because people who are outraged about using coyote fur obviously know absolutely nothing about the fur trade.” Ava continued, “The way that they’re trapping the animals is the way that you are properly supposed to trap an animal. It’s been happening for years and years, and any sort of feeling about inethicacey about fur is transferred over to eating meat. If you’re going to be consuming any part of an animal, it’s going to be be treated poorly, and you have to accept that.”
Aware of their use of animal materials, Abby Z., a senior, said “I think Canada Goose is a very bad company. It kills and tortures coyotes, as well as geese for their feathers inside the coat.” She continues, “Not a lot of people know what goes on inside the company, so they don’t see the torture and suffering the animals endure. They just see the pretty, finished product, but they skin, torture, and cause so much harm to the coyotes. They just suffer then die.”
Another aspect of the argument, specifically made by founders of the company, is that coyotes, in Canada, are considered a huge nuisance.
On the Canada Goose website disclosures, it is written that “The [traps used] are strictly regulated by state, provincial and federal standards, and play an important role in properly managing abundant coyote populations that are known to endanger pets and livestock.
Ronnie B., a senior, said, “Coyotes are dangerous animals, but they’re dangerous in the sense that sharks are dangerous. We’re living in their world. Of course, I feel bad that they eat people’s pets, but I don’t understand the point of using fur when we have synthetic furs that look the exact same.”
These jackets may be expensive, yet they are undoubtedly prominent here at Duxbury High School.
Though students feel they are warm and extremely useful, especially in the chilly New England states, Maddie said, “Would I spend $1,000 on them, like many others have? I don’t know.”
Maddie said, “I think they’re really pretty and I wouldn’t mind one, because it’s Winter here and it’s cold. Patagonia doesn’t do a whole lot compared to a Canada Goose.”
Featured image by Ben E.