CSR - Canada Goose

Evidence supporting respectful and sustainable treatment of Coyotes:

1/Coyotes are trapped in government regulated live holding traps by certified and government regulated trappers or they are shot by government certified and regulated trappers.
2/In order for the live holding traps to be certified they cannot break limbs and any injuries would be minor.
3/Live holding traps must legally be checked every 24 hours.
4/The behaviour of Coyotes held in live holding traps is sedentary.
5/Trappers will professionally shoot the trapped Coyotes and thereafter skin the Coyote in a nearby cabin –the carcass is then respectfully returned to nature as part of a sustainable cycle.

Please note: there is no study to underpin the statement that Coyotes trapped in the humane and sustainable manner indicated above don't chew their limbs off, but anyone involved in the regulated Canadian fur industry will testify this is not true. Live holding traps are also used for scientific reasons to transport animals from one location to another.

Below are a list of sources for your reference:

The sustainable use of Canadian fur and certified traps – www.fur.ca
Demythologising the fur trade – truthaboutfur.com
NFP body representing the Canadian fur trade – www.furcouncil.com


Coyotes and Population Control

The coyote is a canid native to North America and is one of the world’s most adaptable animals. Coyotes are highly abundant and are classified as a “species of least concern” by the International Conservation Union (IUCN), the international authority on monitoring endangered species. In other words, coyotes are not in any danger of depletion from hunting/trapping.

Because coyotes are so abundant in Canada and adaptable to human environments, they are considered pests in many regions, as they as they attack livestock, endangered prey species, pets and sometimes people. In fact, government agencies pay millions of dollars every year to control the coyote population. In 2010, the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan implemented a bounty on coyotes because the farming community was suffering considerable losses due to coyotes eating their livestock. Some 71,000 coyotes were taken at a significant cost to taxpayers, according to the wildlife department.

The problem is similar in the United States. Since 1861, more than 500,000 coyotes have been taken by the U.S. government to help maintain healthy coyote population growth, which cost taxpayers around $30 million, according to The Educational Broadcasting Corp. Additionally, according to a report by the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), 23 states and provinces identified overpopulated coyotes as causing “significant economic damage” (i.e., predation of sheep, lambs, calves, deer, moose) in their jurisdictions.

Canada Goose and Fur

Canada Goose jackets are built for the coldest places on Earth – places where skin around the face can freeze in an instant. In these environments – when life is on the line – fur is not just the best choice, but the only choice.
There are three types of fur that protect the face from frost bite: wolf, wolverine and coyote. Both wolf and wolverine are endangered species, so we use coyote fur for the sole functional purpose of keeping out the cold. We do not use fake or faux fur because it simply does not protect as well as real fur. Faux fur is only a fashion statement and does not act in the same way that real fur does to protect skin from frostbite.

Canada Goose purchases all of its fur through North American Fur Auctions (NAFA), who gets their fur from trappers across the country. These trappers are strictly regulated by the provincial and territorial wildlife departments to ensure humane trapping standards are in place. In fact, Canada is the world leader in humane trapping methods, providing the scientific basis for the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS), which establishes the required standards for approval and certification of animal trapping devices.

Social Responsibility

Canada Goose is proud to make the best and warmest jackets in the world – all made in Canada. We use the finest materials including down, which is the world’s best insulator, and Canadian coyote fur, as it protects the face from freezing winds that cause frostbite. We understand the need for full transparency when it comes to sourcing and using these materials and while we are confident in the quality of our full supply chain, we have some work to do to be able to show that to our consumers. We are aggressively working with our partners and suppliers like Feather Industries Canada to be able to show the full lifecycle of products we use, from point of origin to final product, and we expect to have this in place this year.