Pamela Anderson Pens Letter to Canada Goose Staff to Push for Fur Ban
"Please, use your insider advantage to urge Canada Goose to make the simple transition to using exclusively animal-friendly faux fur or remove the fur trim entirely."
Pamela Anderson is continuing her fight against the use of fur.
On Monday, the honorary PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) director sent emails to more than 800 Canada Goose employees urging them to use their "insider advantage" to put pressure on the Canadian retailer to stop selling fur from coyotes.
"Despite what your employer might tell you, the traps used to catch wild coyotes whose fur is used to trim Canada Goose's coats crush the animals' necks or snap shut on their legs, often cutting to the bone," reads the letter from Anderson, who goes on to explain how coyotes can suffer for days in traps. "Those who don't die from exposure to the elements, blood loss, infection, or attacks from predators are shot or bludgeoned to death when the trapper returns. Victims desperate to free themselves from traps — some of whom are mothers with starving pups waiting for them — will even attempt to chew off their own limbs."
Anderson also provides a link to a 15-second graphic video that reveals a wild coyote being shot.
The Baywatch alum continues: "There are no regulations in the fur trade that prevent this kind of suffering, but there are many beautiful, innovative materials that we can use instead of fur."
Anderson notes that designers and retailers like Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, The North Face, Patagonia and REI have eliminated fur from their lines and "use luxe modacrylics and other innovative materials."
PETA announced in March its plans to buy shares in the Toronto-based clothing company after it went public. "PETA will continue to take an active role as a shareholder until Canada Goose makes the kind and business-savvy decision to permanently ban fur, feathers and other skins, which belonged to animals who were abused and violently killed," said Ben Williamson, senior international media director of PETA, at the time.
Anderson has been praised for her anti-fur stance. In May, the Playboy cover star shared a letter she received from Melania Trump, in which the first lady thanked Anderson for sending a "beautiful eco-faux fur" from Russian faux-fur manufacturer Only Me. "I am grateful for your support and encouraging words; they mean a great deal. Together, we can empower more women to stand up for their beliefs," the FLOTUS wrote to Anderson.
In response to Anderson's letter, a Canada Goose rep issued the following statement: "There is no validity to those claims and we are disappointed that PETA continues to misinform their celebrity spokespeople about our use and sourcing of fur."
1:05 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6: Updated with a statement from Canada Goose.