“In Canada, over 3 million animals are killed each year solely for their fur. Fur-bearing animals are either trapped or raised on industrial, large-scale farms. Both methods cause immense suffering for an unnecessary product.”
Canada Goose Coats?
Coyotes are trapped in the wild. They suffer, terrified in a painful leg-hold trap (banned in many countries) before being shot, or stood on to break their ribs into their lungs.
Learn the truth about trapping.
Learn the truth about Canada Goose’s “fur policy” – What about Canada Goose?
Domestic Dogs and Cats
Domestic dogs and cats (sometimes former pets) are killed in China, Taiwan and the Philippines for fur. Undercover videos show these poor animals being skinned alive. It remains legal to import and sell dog and cat fur in Canada. Often this fur is falsely labelled as faux fur.
Bill C-246, which included the banning and import of dog and cat fur for sale in Canada was defeated in Parliament in October 2016. The fast facts below are from that bill.
- The vast majority of cat and dog fur comes from China, which has no animal welfare laws.
- In Canada, there are no labeling requirements for fur garments. Thus, it is entirely possible for cat and dog fur to be sold in this country, without anyone finding out. Fur products like fur trim, fur coats, and decorative baubles are completely exempt from the labeling laws that ensure other fabrics are clearly identified. With rare exceptions, dog and cat products are not labeled as such, and fur exporters have even admitted to placing false labels on dog and cat fur.
- It is legal to import cat and dog fur into Canada, and police have apprehended shipments of counterfeited brand name winter parkas that use cat and dog fur.
Learn more about the dog and cat fur trade.
Questions & Answers
What coat can I buy to keep me (& my conscience) warm and cozy?
The alternatives are endless! Why choose a product that you know involved untold amounts of suffering and violence? Check out these awesome, progressive, fur-free alternatives: Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC), Patagonia, Helly Hansen, Hoodlamb, Wully Outerwear, Columbia Sportswear, North Face, Vaute, Arc’teryx, Fjällräven and H&M! You may be surprised how many of the big retailers make a point of not carrying fur in their stores.
If you’re buying a new coat, please consider making it down-free as well. Down is obtained in extremely cruel ways. Instead, look for Primaloft in puffy coats. It’s a synthetic microfibre insulator developed for the US Army as a water resistant down alternative. Today, Primaloft supplies the US Army, Marines and Special Forces.
But what if I already own a fur trimmed coat? I paid a lot of money/it was a gift /I bought it before I realized about the cruelty…
Trade-in your Canada Goose or similar fur-trim parka and get $100 off a Wully Outerwear parka! All jackets collected will be distributed by charities to homeless and at risk individuals in need.
Remove and donate the fur – stop promoting cruelty by continuing to wear it.
Email AnimalRightsToronto@gmail.com and we will arrange to give it to a wildlife rehabber or farm sanctuary who’ll use it to help orphan animals.
I want to help – what else can I do?
Join us: Find events on our calendar, or submit your own event.
Share Gaiaisi’s anti-fur music video
Donate money and follow organizations such as the Fur-Bearer Defenders based in Vancouver, Canada
Take the #FurChallenge – speak up! Approach fur-wearers / leaflet / put up posters. Share on social media and tag 3 of your friends to take the challenge!
Please…..choose a kinder lifestyle!