"No hood adornment is worth that"
Morrissey has written to Canada Goose to demand they remove fur and feather from its products – and will enlist fans in his fight against the clothing brand.
The former Smiths frontman, who has joined forces with PETA for the initiative, has urged the Canadian brand to stop using fur and feathers in its parka coats. It comes as he prepares to tour the country from Sunday (April 14).
In the letter, Morrissey also informed the company that he will gather fans’ signatures for a petition that will be delivered to CEO Dani Reiss at the end of the tour.
“I’m writing to urge Canada Goose to act more like its namesake (e.g., smart, brave, and willing to fly off in a new direction) by making the bold ethical choice to remove coyote fur and down feathers from its parkas,” Morrissey began the letter.
“Canada Goose has almost singlehandedly revived the cruel trapping industry, in which animals can suffer for days and try to gnaw off their ensnared limbs before the trapper eventually returns to bludgeon them to death. No hood adornment is worth that. And geese are confined to cramped cages and trucked hundreds of miles to slaughter in all weather conditions before they’re hung upside down and their throats are slit—often while they’re still conscious—so that their feathers can be stuffed into (and poke out of) jackets.
He added: “I’d be the first to celebrate a cruelty-free Canada Goose coat by wearing one proudly. Until then, I’ll be collecting signatures during my Canadian tour calling for Canada Goose to stop killing animals for coats.”
For years the singer has been a vocal animal rights activist. He is also a vegetarian, and in 2015 cancelled an upcoming gig in Iceland after the venue refused to not sell meat on the night of the show.
MORRISSEY CANADA TOUR 2019:
14-15 – Orpheum, Vancouver
17 – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary
18 – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton
20 – TCU Place, Saskatoon
22 – Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
26 – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto
27 – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto
29 – MTELLUS, Montreal
Morrissey will visit Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Montreal on his tour. It will be the first time he has toured the country in 15 years since he previously banned Canada due to its seal hunt.
But the singer said that his longstanding boycott was “ultimately of no use”.
He wrote on Morrissey Central last September: “My decision to return to Canada after almost 15 years of protest against its savage and Neanderthal annual Baby Seal Kill is entirely because my stance was ultimately of no use and helped no one.
“My voice was drowned out by the merciless swing of spiked axes crushing the heads of babies. On my return to Canada I feel that I can be of more use by making sizeable donations to animal protection groups in each city that I play.”