Norway venue bans Canada Goose jackets
An alternative venue in Lillehammer has instituted a ban on anyone wearing jackets by the upmarket Canada Goose brand, ostensibly to prevent cruelty to ducks and coyotes, whose feathers and furs are used in the manufacture.
Felix Pub and Scene announced its new 'anti-dress code' on Friday night with a press release posted onto its website and put up on posters around the city.
"Don't clothe yourself in animal suffering!" the poster announced under a crossed-out Canada Goose logo. "If you're wearing Canada Goose, you're not coming in!"
The press release claimed that the geese, whose feathers fill the jackets, are force-fed to swell their livers for foie gras, while the coyotes, whose fur is used to trim the jackets' hoods, are caught with cruel leg-hold traps.
However, the press release also said the ban was a protest against door policies at swankier night clubs, targeting the expensive jackets worn by many in Norway as a badge of wealth and status.
"Year in and year out, lots of the Felix family, both guests and staff (current and former) have had trouble dropping into various venues around the country," the press release read. "Not because we are difficult to deal with, but because some clubs practice the anachronistic system they so beautifully call "dress code".
"It's one excuse after another to ban people who do not fit into the 'mainstream'," it went on. "The Felix family tolerates such people. We want to make the undesirable elements welcome, to be a place where passionate people and idealists can feel at home."
Jeffrey Leopold, the chief executive of Canada Goose in Norway, denied that the geese the company uses go through any special suffering or force-feeding, or that coyotes are hurt when caught in foot traps.
"Old-fashioned foot traps with steel teeth are just museum pieces," he said. "Modern foot traps cause animals no or little suffering."