Canada Goose US Coyote Fur Products Ethical Claims Class Action

Many consumers these days are concerned about animal welfare. Canada Goose US, Inc. claims to obtain coyote fur through ethical and humane practices, but the complaint for this class action alleges that it actually permits “cruel methods” of trapping and killing.

The class for this action is all consumers who bought Canada Goose products in the US that included coyote fur, between the earliest date allowed by the statute of limitation and the date the class is certified in this case.

Canada Goose sells many products trimmed with fur. The complaint alleges it advertises the products “as being ethically and sustainably sourced in accordance with humane trapping standards.” The company, it says, “bolsters these representations with the claim that its fur suppliers are ‘strictly regulated by state, provincial and federal standards.’”

However, the complaint asserts, the company buys fur from trappers in areas where no laws exist on the types of traps that may be used or the killing of trapped animals.

“In reality,” the complaint alleges, “Canada Goose’s suppliers use cruel methods that cause strangulation and broken bones to coyotes and other animals who are inadvertently trapped and discarded.”

The complaint reproduces a hanging tag attached to some Canada Goose garments that says, among other things, that its Canada Goose Fur Transparency Standard is the “first traceability program to cover the wild habitat” and that it “ensures that all fur sourced by Canada Goose is in accordance with the Agreement of International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS) in Canada and the Best Managed Practices (BMP) in the United States…”

However, the complaint claims that “there are no U.S. or federal laws or regulations that require the humane treatment of coyotes trapped for fur.”

In fact, the complaint alleges, “the Associate [sic] of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has reported that over 75% of U.S. states do not regulate slaughter methods in fur trapping at all and a majority of U.S. states do not prohibit any specific types of traps, no matter how cruel.”

In addition, the company claims that it buys only from “licensed” trappers, but the complaint claims that licensing does not provide assurance about any particular practices. In order to become licensed, it says, trappers only need to take a course on conservation and trapping systems and then buy a license.

Where standards do exist, the complaint claims, they are not yet well enforced and still permit too much pain and suffering.

By making these allegedly false representations, the complaint claims, Canada Goose can unfairly sell more products, charge more for them, and take market share away from competitors.

The counts include violations of state consumer protection laws and breaches of warranties, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Canada Goose US Coyote Fur Products Ethical Claims Complaint

November 20, 2020

Many consumers these days are concerned about animal welfare. Canada Goose US, Inc. claims to obtain coyote fur through ethical and humane practices, but the complaint for this class action alleges that it actually permits “cruel methods” of trapping and killing.

Canada Goose US Coyote Fur Products Ethical Claims Complaint

Case Event History

Canada Goose US Coyote Fur Products Ethical Claims Complaint

November 20, 2020

Many consumers these days are concerned about animal welfare. Canada Goose US, Inc. claims to obtain coyote fur through ethical and humane practices, but the complaint for this class action alleges that it actually permits “cruel methods” of trapping and killing.

Canada Goose US Coyote Fur Products Ethical Claims Complaint
Tags: Animal Health and Welfare, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels