Written by Michelle Kretzer
PETA's recent successes are any indication, down is going down fast.
latest company to make the synthetic leap
onto our anti-down bandwagon is Colorado's leading furniture manufacturer, Woodley's Fine Furniture.
The Woodley brothers
started their company decades ago with the intention of offering quality home
furnishings that did not take a toll on nature—but
they had been designing sofas stuffed with down. After PETA sent the company
our down exposé, Woodley's agreed that its
vision did not include using feathers
that were yanked out of live birds or feathers from birds who had tubes rammed
down their throats for the cruel production of foie gras and will no longer purchase down-filled upholstery.
to make the down industry's feathers fly? Check out PETA's top five ways to take action against
down—because if people in the skiing
capital of the U.S. are done with down, shouldn't the rest of us embrace warm and soft synthetic
An 8-foot-tall goose on a busy sidewalk is enough to make people do a double-take. But an 8-foot-tall goose who
has had his feathers ripped out is enough to make people stop in their tracks.
PETA's goose made feathers fly in order to
ask holiday shoppers to save geese's skin.
PETA's goose is touring the country asking
people to be benevolent to birds.
As the hurried shoppers stopped to gape
at the goose, they readily accepted information about the cruel down industry. People were horrified to learn that geese are often held
down while workers yank out
their feathers by the fistful. The birds are often left with gaping wounds, which the workers hastily sew closed without any painkillers.
As shoppers learned, it couldn't be easier
to be a friend to fowl. Many companies,
including Martha Stewart, The Company Store, and Lands' End, offer bedding or coats made with high-tech synthetic materials like PrimaLoft® and Thinsulate™ that are as warm as
down but, unlike bird feathers, don't lose the ability to insulate when they
Join compassionate shoppers in taking PETA's pledge to be down-free and make a goose's day.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.