How did Montreal MP Justin Trudeau land in hot water with PETA for sending a holiday card of his family to his constituents?
Because Trudeau, wife Sophie and their two small children were decked out in goose-down parkas trimmed with coyote fur and draped with a coyote fur blanket around them.
Trudeau’s spokesperson said the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was simply showing support for Canadian companies and had no ulterior motives.
But read on and make your own conclusion about the greeting card that the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called “lurid” and “inappropriate.”
PETA spokesperson Lucas Soloway said, “I think it was disturbing, especially at this time of year in a greeting card. Where is the cheer in wearing the skins of animals?”
“Coyotes killed for their fur are usually caught in the wild in steel–jaw traps, which have been banned in dozens of countries and often cause coyotes and other animals to gnaw off their own legs in an attempt to escape.”
“Many a Canadian Christmas has been ruined after a family dog or cat has died in one of these traps. Wearing the product of such misery for a Christmas card is a pretty lurid way of celebrating peace on Earth.”
Trudeau’s aide Alex Lanthier said the card was not sent as a statement about wearing fur. He explained the family wore the coats because they wanted to be supportive of Canada Goose – the company that manufactured the parkas.
“It’s a good Canadian company,” said Lanthier. “The coats are made from sustainable products.”
Canada Goose supplied their own statement defending their position. They explained that they use coyote fur “selectively” as trim for their products because of its ability to keep people warm.
The company also said they do not buy from fur farms and use humane methods to “acquire” the fur that are approved by the Fur Council of Canada.
The company did not say anything about the down used for the parkas they make – which are typically plucked from the chests of live geese.
So did PETA overreact with their protest over Trudeau’s holiday card or was Trudeau justified for demonstrating his loyalty to Canadian companies?
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