Morrissey is just about to head out on a Canadian tour, but he has one request for Toronto-based clothing brand Canada Goose before he embarks.
In a letter to CEO Dani Reiss, the singer requests that the company goes feather and fur free in its parkas. PETA will join him on tour to collect petition signatures from fans. The organization will be set up under a banner with “We’re With Morrissey: Canada Goose, Ditch the Fur and Feathers” written across. The petition will be delivered to Reiss at the end of the tour.
Morrissey has been a longtime spokesperson for animal rights and does not eat meat. “The truth is, vegans are actually superior beings,” he recently explained in an interview. “A television documentary recently covered a duck farm somewhere in England, and as all the chicks emerged from their incubator chirping away, the TV presenter said ‘Oh they’re so cute, they’re so beautiful, oh look, look at their little faces,’ and then she turned to the camera with a straight face and said matter-of-factly, ‘The chicks will be allowed to live for 8 weeks and will then be slaughtered’ and I thought, wow, people really are utterly stupid, aren’t they?”
Read his letter to Reiss in full below.
Dear Mr. Reiss,
As I tour Canada this spring, I’m writing to urge Canada Goose to act more like its namesake (e.g., smart, brave, and willing to fly off in a new direction) by making the bold ethical choice to remove coyote fur and down feathers from its parkas.
Canada Goose has almost singlehandedly revived the cruel trapping industry, in which animals can suffer for days and try to gnaw off their ensnared limbs before the trapper eventually returns to bludgeon them to death. No hood adornment is worth that. And geese are confined to cramped cages and trucked hundreds of miles to slaughter in all weather conditions before they’re hung upside down and their throats are slit—often while they’re still conscious—so that their feathers can be stuffed into (and poke out of) jackets.
That strip of coyote fur isn’t keeping anyone warm, and there are plenty of superior insulators composed of everything from biodegradable fleece to coconut husks. That’s why other outerwear makers, including For All Kind, Save the Duck, and HoodLamb, have already dispensed with fur and down for their products.
I’d be the first to celebrate a cruelty-free Canada Goose coat by wearing one proudly. Until then, PETA and I will be collecting signatures during my Canadian tour calling for Canada Goose to stop killing animals for coats.