Canadian outdoor apparel specialist Canada Goose suffered a blow this weekend after the High Court reversed an injunction intended to stop animal rights group PETA from protesting outside its newly-opened flagship store in London.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said yesterday (17 December) that a UK High Court judge has quadrupled the number of protesters allowed within the outer exclusion zone detailed in an injunction obtained by Canada Goose when it opened the store last month. He also ruled that activists should be permitted to use loud hailers between 2pm and 8pm –effective from Tuesday.
The judge is understood to have said the injunction was obtained without notice, and “unreasonably restricted people’s right to freedom of assembly and expression.”
PETA says its barrister, Andrew Locke, argued the injunction severely restricted activists’ ability to inform British shoppers about the company’s continued sale of fur from coyotes, “who often suffer in traps for days before being shot or bludgeoned to death so that their fur can be stitched into jacket hoods.”
“Canada Goose’s attempt to take such drastic measures to silence legitimate protests shows that we’re winning,” says PETA director Elisa Allen. “If it wants to stop protests, it can – by ditching cruelly obtained fur in favour of cutting-edge vegan materials, as Gucci and Michael Kors have both recently committed to doing.”
The win for PETA follows a number of international protests by the group to inform consumers about how Canada Goose coats are produced. It also comes as Michael Kors announced plans to stop using fur in its products from December 2018. The ban will also apply to Jimmy Choo, which the company acquired earlier this year.