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It’s Georges Laraque vs. Brian Burke in the battle of coyote fur-trimmed jackets

Feb 2, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

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The Toronto Star reports a simmering feud between former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque and Toronto GM Brian Burke over sales of a Maple Leafs team jacket trimmed with real coyote fur.

Laraque wrote Burke a letter asking him to reverse the organizational decision that endorses the jacket.

“Coyotes and other animals trapped for their fur often suffer for days before dying of exposure, frostbite, shock or infection,” Laraque wrote in his letter, sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). “Mother coyotes, desperate to return to their young, often chew off their own limbs in an attempt to free themselves.

“On fur farms, animals are kept in cramped, filthy cages before being bludgeoned, gassed or even skinned alive.”

Laraque also released the letter publicly, a move that rankled Burke.

“Georges is a good man, and passionate in his views,” Burke told The Star. “I respect him, but I do not share his opinions on this topic.

“I had assumed the letter was a personal one, and was not impressed when I learned the media also received it.”

Burke said the Leafs won’t change their mind on the issue.

The jacket is made by Canada Goose and still advertised online at Real Sports Apparel, though a call placed by The Star revealed the store had sold out with no plans to order more. PETA claims it has sent several letters to Canada Goose over the years urging the company to reconsider its use of fur.

  1. kingjoe1 - Feb 2, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Shut up tool bag! Your stance is ignorant. Your reasoning illogical and you only enhance the reputation of a what I would describe as a quasi terrorist organization. There is an extra 40% off tomorrow are Last Call Neiman Marcus on fur products, load up. Fur is warm, soft and makes anyone wearing it, look outstanding. When you are wearing it, you should order up a big veal chop with a side of Fois Gras.

    • crazemastercraze - Feb 2, 2012 at 7:45 PM

      “Fur is warm, soft and makes anyone wearing it, look outstanding.”

      So it’s TOTALly gay???? oh…..

      • kingjoe1 - Feb 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

        or totally not redneck.

  2. vshehane - Feb 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    I am a member of PETA, people eating tasty animals.

  3. kingjoe1 - Feb 2, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Intersting 4 to 6 dislike on my original post. Are you for PETA or against sarcastic posting?

  4. habsman - Feb 2, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    What else is Brian Burke going to complain about?

    • confuscioussay - Feb 3, 2012 at 12:20 AM

      Insightful comment. Trying reading the article next time.

  5. betrayedbylife - Feb 2, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    laraque makes a simple request to remove some fruity jacket, thus adding a tally to his lost fights column

  6. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:00 AM

    tim thomas probably hates this guy cus hes black. commie bastard

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