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The Foreigner Norway nightspot bans Canada Goose. UPDATED: A pub shareholder in Oppland County’s Lillehammer refuses to admit guests wearing the jacket on anti-animal cruelty principle, reports say. Canada Goose themselves say they would never be party to inhumane or cruel treatment. “Canada Goose jackets are currently perhaps the most-used clothing in the ‘clothes created by suffering’ category. In many ways, it has become a symbol of animal cruelty,” Felix pub and music venue’s Eirik "Billy" Norheim told local paper Gudbrandsdølen Dagningen, Monday. Mr Norheim, former vocalist in Norwegian black metal band ‘Mayhem’, refers to animal rights organisation NOAH in his statement on the venue’s Facebook page (in Norwegian). Treated cruelly          

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Norway nightspot bans Canada Goose

Published on Tuesday, 14th January, 2014 at 10:25 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 14th January 2014 at 20:38.

UPDATED: A pub shareholder in Oppland County’s Lillehammer refuses to admit guests wearing the jacket on anti-animal cruelty principle, reports say. Canada Goose themselves say they would never be party to inhumane or cruel treatment.



“Canada Goose jackets are currently perhaps the most-used clothing in the ‘clothes created by suffering’ category. In many ways, it has become a symbol of animal cruelty,” Felix pub and music venue’s Eirik "Billy" Norheim told local paper Gudbrandsdølen Dagningen, Monday.

Mr Norheim, former vocalist in Norwegian black metal band ‘Mayhem’, refers to animal rights organisation NOAH in his statement on the venue’s Facebook page (in Norwegian).

Treated cruelly          

The expensive and popular winter jacket, some of which have a strip of coyote fur round the hood opening, is filled with goose down. NOAH takes issue with it, stating that in their opinion the steel traps (‘leg-holds’) used to catch the coyote inflict pain and suffering on the animal.

They also say the down comes from geese used for food production. According to them, these birds could be the same ones reared to produce ‘Foie Gras’ (an expensive goose liver paté delicacy). NOAH declares these geese are force-fed in a cruel manner in the process.

Both the trap types and force-feeding are illegal in Norway, says NOAH, encouraging people boycott the jackets.

Across-the-board

Felix Pub and Scene’s Mr Norheim said to Gudbrandsdølen Dagningen nobody at Felix wants to stigmatise anyone, “but the idea behind denying people [admission] wearing this outfit is that we don’t want other guests to see these jackets and thinking “that’s nice, I want one of those.””

“We’re first and foremost a club, many in the Felix community are engaged in animal protection work, and this is a symbolic act for us. It’s a small ‘statement’ from our side, but we also want it to be an ironic move regarding other clubs with dress code rules. There are so many excuses to refuse unwanted people admission.”

He added that not many people come to Felix dressed in Canada Goose jackets, and their ban would apply to any piece of fur clothing.

“Ill-informed”             

“I respect Felix's standpoint, but feel they’re misinformed,” Jeffrey Leopold, spokesperson for Canada Goose Norway commented to Dagbladet. “We’re strongly committed to the humane treatment of animals.”

Mr Leopold confirmed neither he nor Mr Norheim or others at Felix have spoken since the Facebook statement was posted, but “appreciates others’ opinions”. He added that the company will not be taking legal action, as Canada Goose focus on guiding people with the correct information.

“We don’t use animals from animal farms [in our products]. We support the Canadian people who’ve had the centuries-long tradition of trapping fur-bearing animals, and [the practice of] which is strictly regulated by local and central authorities.”

“The modern foot traps hold animals with little or no damage. Old-fashioned traps with steel teeth can only be found in museums,” Jeffrey Leopold concluded.

Support and prevention

According to a statement the company sent The Foreigner on email, they rigorously adhere “to all industry guidelines and government regulations. Absolutely no endangered species are used in Canada Goose jackets” when it comes to trapping fur-bearing animals.

“We also take pride in the fact that by supporting this sustainable industry we are also supporting aboriginal communities of the Canadian North and their ways of life. Aboriginal people have a strong ethical code in their relationship with the animals they hunt for food, clothing, medicines and trade. We strongly identify with the values of these communities, which are based on a profound respect and harmony with nature.”

Moreover, Canada Goose also cite overpopulation, attacks on livestock – including some recent ones on people – as issues to consider regarding trapping.

The statement also includes a short paragraph on preventing the coyote spreading and suffering from a highly contagious skin disease called ‘Sarcoptic Mange’.

Down policy

Canada Goose has provided some facts about this. The company:

  • does not use any down from live-plucking. Feather Industries Canada Limited, our only supplier of down, has a long-standing corporate policy on never purchasing any duck or goose down or feather materials that have been harvested by live-plucking.
  • believes live-plucking is cruel and inhumane and we would never be party to or support this method of harvesting feathers and down. All feathers and down procured by Feather Industries are purchased from approved vendors. These suppliers are fully aware of our policies and share the same philosophical and ethical position.

“All the down insulation that Canada Goose uses in its jackets comes as a byproduct of the Canadian Poultry Industry. There is no culture of live-plucking in Canada,” declares Canada Goose.




Published on Tuesday, 14th January, 2014 at 10:25 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 14th January 2014 at 20:38.

This post has the following tags: norwayfashion, nightclubs.





  
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