Controversial outerwear producer Canada Goose has reportedly pledged to use only “reclaimed” fur by 2022 as part of a new sustainability plan. Humane Society International describes the news as ‘another nail in the coffin for the fur trade’ but hopes for a ‘cleaner and clearer’ no-fur policy from the company in the near future.
The company will reportedly cease from using “virgin” coyote fur in the production of its garments by 2022 and will move away from supporting coyote trapping. Canada Goose, known for its signature use of fur trims which are taken from coyotes caught in leg-hold traps, will only fur already existing in its supply chain and will apparently also reclaim fur from customers through a buyback program.
Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International/Canada, said, “Canada Goose’s announcement that it will shift from new to reclaimed coyote fur is a partial victory for animals. However, significant clarification is required about the company’s definition of ‘reclaimed fur,’ its certification methods and its timeline for implementation. Consumers must carefully scrutinize the implementation of this new policy but ultimately we urge Canada Goose to stop using animal fur entirely in favour of humane and environmentally friendly alternatives.”