TALKING FUR: Attention all Regent Street shoppers: Get out your earmuffs, as PETA plans to protest loudly outside the new Canada Goose flagship in London.
A U.K. High Court judge has amended an injunction originally obtained by Canada Goose in late November against protestors from PETA UK. Last week, the judge increased the number of protestors permitted in the outer exclusion zone around the new Canada Goose flagship to 12 from 8.
The judge also ruled that a loud hailer may be used outside the exclusion zone between 2 and 8 p.m, subject to certain conditions.
Both sides claimed victory following the latest decision.
According to Canada Goose, the court accepted the brand’s submissions that it was necessary to balance the rights of its staff and customers with the rights of the protestors to assemble and express their opinions. Canada Goose said it asked for the original injunction following the behavior of some protestors in November when the store opened.
“We are pleased that the Court again agreed that it was necessary to protect the rights of our staff and customers and continued the injunction that found that there had been unlawful conduct at some of the protests that had occurred at our London store,” said Canada Goose spokesperson.
“The rights of our customers and employees are of the utmost importance to Canada Goose and we therefore considered it necessary to seek an injunction to protect those rights.”
PETA said the Court’s latest decision was proof that the original injunction unreasonably restricted people’s right to freedom of assembly and expression.
The animal lobby said its lawyer Andrew Locke had argued the ban severely restricted activists’ ability to inform British shoppers, “95 percent of whom oppose the use of fur, about the company’s continued sale of fur from coyotes,” which PETA argues are treated with cruelty.
The British court’s decision comes just days after Michael Kors said it would stop using fur as of December 2018. It said the ban would also apply to Jimmy Choo, which Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. acquired earlier this year.
Kors chief executive officer John Idol said Friday that the decision “marks a new chapter as our company continues to evolve its use of innovative materials.”
The decision comes in the wake of Gucci choosing to quit using fur in its collections, which ceo Marco Bizzarri revealed in London in October.
During the spring ready-to-wear shows in London in September, antifur protesters armed with megaphones gathered outside shows including Burberry, Versus Versace and Gareth Pugh.
Organized by the activist group Surge, the protesters gathered en masse outside shows, wearing eerie skeleton costumes and screaming “Blood on your hands” or “Shame on you” at showgoers (who were not wearing fur). The protests cast a shadow over the catwalks, and left guests rattled as they took their seats.
The group’s ultimate goal is to persuade the British Fashion Council to ban fur from the London catwalks, although that’s unlikely to happen.
“The British Fashion Council does not dictate what designers can or cannot design and has no control over their creative process. We encourage designers to ensure that if they choose to work with fur, they work with reputable organizations that supply ethically sourced fur,” a BFC spokesperson said in September.