The exorbitantly priced and equally hideous Canada Goose jackets are regarded by many people as a status symbol, since only persons of a certain economic class are believed to have the means to spend upwards of $1,500.00 on a single garment. But, as with all the products derived from the bodies of animals, the retail price of the item itself is not an accurate reflection of its true cost. The true cost of a Canada Goose jacket will not appear on the credit card statement of those who buy it. The true cost of a Canada Goose jacket is in the pain and slaughter inflicted on the animals who suffered and died for it.
The true cost of a Canada Goose jacket is born by the coyotes who are caught in cruel and painful leg-hold traps, only to be shot and then skinned, so their fur can be made into trim for the jackets' collars.
The true cost of a Canada Goose jacket is also to be measured in the suffering of geese, who repeatedly have their feathers ripped from their sensitive bodies by workers whose main concern is not the well-being or comfort of the animals, but plucking out the greatest number of feathers in the shortest amount of time. These feathers, known as "down", are used to insulate Canada Goose jackets.
These are the true costs of a Canada Goose jacket and they cannot be measured in dollars, yen, or Euros. And nor can those who bear those costs, the animals who suffer and die, ever be compensated.
And although we can never hope to recompense those innocent animals who have suffered such unforgivable cruelty for the sake of human vanity, we can do our utmost to honor them and to try to put an end to the system of brutal exploitation that causes so much needless pain and suffering.
Recently, several dozen New York City animal rights activists, myself included, held a silent vigil (organized by ALF New York and Anonymous For The Voiceless) for the forgotten and abused victims of the cruel and inhumane fur and down industries. The first stop was the Canada Goose store on Wooster Street in downtown Manhattan, and the second was Paragon Sports, a sporting goods store that has put profits over compassion by selling Canada Goose jackets.
Below are photos of the event, taken on Saturday, January 13th, 2018.
All images copyright 2018, Vegan Future Now.