We all know how quickly a trend can catch on. This winter, Canada Goose jackets are all the rage and they’ve been taking northern campuses by storm. It seems like you can’t go anywhere without seeing the fur lined hood and the red patch, which is surprising since the parkas cost so much money (a standard parka can be around $500, but some can go above $800). But what is the real cost of these jackets?
It’s no secret that Canada Goose uses real coyote fur in their parkas. They even justified using coyote fur on their parkas in the FAQ on their website. According to the company, they “only purchase fur from Canadian trappers, who live close to land and maintain traditions that have been passed down through generations. They have a profound respect for nature, and [Canada Goose is] proud to support them.”
At first it may be easy to jump to the argument that Canada Goose will lower coyote populations in Canada. However, coyote populations have been steadily booming since the 1990’s and many Canadian farmers consider them a pest because they are so abundant and often attack livestock. The coyote populations in Canada will most likely be able to take the hit, even as the popularity of Canada Goose jackets rises.
However, the real problem lies within the traps. While Canada Goose only uses certified trappers, and these trappers are still allowed to legally use leg holds that hold the animals. This means that a coyote can be trapped for several days, and they can end up starving to death or sustaining injuries from trying to escape the trap.
Canada Goose can’t be attacked for this though because the trappers are still legally trapping the coyotes, no matter what kind of pain they’re going through. Trappers should be required to check their traps more frequently so the animal doesn’t have to spend as much time suffering.
Even though what Canada Goose is doing is perfectly legal, the idea that these animals are suffering still gives the parkas a bad taste. I’m all for keeping up with the trends but certain trends come with too high of a cost.