Patches of cruelty
Every year the cold weather comes, and every year I see the Canada Goose shoulder patches come out. I’m an animal rights activist, and just generally a socially conscious person. There are many wrongs out there that are difficult and complex to solve, and there are ones that aren’t. Status-conscious people are paying $950 for a coat and $175 for a simple toque with the iconic patch on them. How many of them are aware that the fur trim on these coats was taken from coyotes who died horrible deaths in incredibly cruel traps? Wild and beautiful free-living coyotes who were going about their business and stepped into their brutal ends, their cries for help unanswered. Arguably just as horrific are the life and deaths of the factory-farmed geese, whose feathers are made into goose-down insulation for these coats.
Warm they are, but just as warm are coats made from synthetic material. Supporting the businesses that don’t use dead animals means supporting the progressive people looking at creating greener synthetic ma- terials. Believe it or not, lab-grown “clean” meat is coming soon and lab-grown fur is in the pipe, too. If you are an animal lover, like everyone I’ve ever met claims to be, try wearing that label on your shoulder or forehead instead. —Ty Savoy, Lake Echo