Island Animal Liberation is reporting today that it has received confirmation from Mike Black, president/owner of Capital Iron, that they will no longer be selling Canada Goose at Capital Iron.
Island Animal Liberation had been working for the last year to pressure Capital Iron to no longer carrying Canada Goose apparel for ethical reasons. Island Animal Liberation created an online petition that received nearly 30,000 signatures, the majority from within Canada. They also held a national anti-fur valentines day demonstration and several leafleting events outside of the store to educate the local community about why the leg-hold trapping methods used by Canada Goose are inhumane.
Island Animal Liberation has always had tremendous community support and that people would regularly tell them that they were going to contact Capital Iron to voice their concern that they carried Canada Goose.
Corie Kielbiski of IAL responded to the news, “We are thrilled that Capital Iron has made the right decision to no longer carry Canada Goose brand. We would like to thank everyone in the community that came out to our demonstrations and to everyone that supported this campaign. The day that Capital Iron is rid of the last product of Canada Goose is the day we will happily return to the store and support this business. This is a victory for the coyotes, geese and the people who are exploited by this harmful brand.”
Mr. Black noted that while IAL’s efforts caused Capital Iron to consider the situation of the them carrying Canada Goose in their stores, the decision to stop carrying the brand was made by Canada Goose themselves. He reported that “they have been systematically shutting down their Western Canadian dealers for the last two years to meet the increasing US demand.”
Canada Goose is owned by a U.S. equity firm, but continues to make its products in Canada and use coyotes caught in Canada for their jackets.
This seemed to be the case with another store in Victoria, Reunion, who brought in some Canada Goose jackets in 2015 similarly reporting they will no longer be carrying the brand.
Despite this success, IAL reports that they will continue to pressure other fur retailers in the city to not carry these inhumane products in 2016 and beyond. To get involved with their campaigns you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or their Website.
– Victoria Animal News