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Animal rights activists led by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are set to protest Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival’s annual prize-giving ceremony.
On a Facebook post on Friday, PETA said it will protest outside Bell Lightbox, headquarters for TIFF, because luxury parka maker Canada Goose sponsors the juried best Canadian film award, while using goose down and coyote fur in the making of its popular jackets.
“The Toronto International Film Festival accepts sponsorship money from Canada Goose, who profit from inflicting torture on coyotes and birds,” PETA said online.
The animal rights group frequently targets Canada Goose retail stores with protests and held a protest on TIFF’s opening night in front of Bell Lightbox, on King Street, also to protest Canada Goose as a festival sponsor.
PETA on its Facebook posting said it had contacted Toronto festival organizers, only to receive “a standard reply that gives no consideration to the absolute agony experienced by down-bearing birds, and by fur-bearing coyotes.”
The animal rights group promised a “nonviolent protest” on Sunday. TIFF did not respond to a request for comment by press time.
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