Oct 1 2012

Cruelty In The Down Industry

In order to produce down comforters, pillows, and coats, birds are often pinned down or lifted by their necks or a delicate wing and have their feathers painfully ripped out while they are alive and able to feel pain.

Live-plucking causes birds considerable pain and distress. Many birds are plucked so hard that they are left with gaping wounds, which workers sew back together using a needle and thread, without any painkillers. Some birds are left paralyzed by pain and fear, and some even die as a result of this violent process.

Yes, I realize things like this are difficult to watch, and I hesitate before posting really graphic stuff. But, this is the reality of the world we live in. It’s the reality of what goes on so we can have down products.

As winter comes closer, please keep this in mind before purchasing your new coats, etc., and try to make kinder choices. There are great down alternatives out there that are actually much healthier choices for us as well. Dust mites freak me out, and they are huge fans of the real deal. The choice is simple – opt for the down alternatives for our health, and the welfare of millions of helpless animals.

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