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Fashion Fad Is Fatal to Roosters

Written by PETA | June 21, 2011
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Rooster feathers look best on their rightful owners, but some salons are now weaving them into customers’ hair as an “accessory.” To obtain the feathers (which are traditionally used as fishing lures), roosters are typically confined for 30 weeks—the majority of their short lives—in tiny, stacked cages inside deafeningly loud barns before they are killed and skinned.

The owner of Whiting Farms in Delta, Colorado—one of the largest feather farms in the U.S.—described the cruel conditions in which he keeps roosters:

[We’re] sentencing [each rooster] to a solitary cage for the last 6 months, with nothing to look at or listen to other than lots of other confined roosters … [y]our sentiments can quickly shift from wanting to evaluate their necks to wringing [t]hem. Some of my most sheepish moments in life have been after hurling an especially bad rooster across the barn in utter frustration ….

Just like minks who are killed for coats and snakes who are skinned for shoes, roosters suffer when they are exploited for human vanity and profit. Please help them by telling your friends why wearing rooster feathers is cruel, not cool, and always choosing animal-free clothing and accessories.

Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post

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  • Blythe says:

    Hi, I’m responding to fashion related articles in regards of an essay I’m writing for my college composition class. Although I’m an avid fashion lover, the topic I chose to write about was the various ways fashion is harmful to the earth and it’s inhabitants. From the first day I started researching I knew this would be an issue that can’t be summed up in one essay. Trends, such as these rooster feather extensions, become so popular that people don’t even think of what is being sacrificed in order for them to be made. Admittedly when I initially saw my friends and co-workers getting them I didn’t even think twice about where they came from and ignorantly assumed they were synthetic. Looking past the veils of retail it is difficult to walk into a store without wondering how the products were made, and at what cost? I’d hope that if people really saw the methods used to obtain the desired aspects on an animal, let alone the ‘living’ conditions animals are kept in, they’d at least stop supporting these manufactures and look for an alternative.

  • padf00t says:

    I work in a beauty supply store, and I was horrified when this trend started. Luckily we haven’t gotten the feathers, yet at least. We are getting some synthetic ones but I feel just as wrong about that because of the origin and the fact that it’s just more advertisement for an AWFUL trend. I tried to explain the cruelty to roosters to a customer who asked if we had the feathers and her response was “They are going to die anyway.” If I didn’t need my job I would’ve said well so are you, does that mean I can pluck you off if I thought it would make me trendy?

  • Katy says:

    there are many choices for kill free feathers. we use a method that looks like the “real thing” without the guilt. i am a hairstylist in the city and raise chickens out on our farm. when i saw this fad coming from the two coasts i was instantly looking for an alternative. it is not worth killing for.

  • Denise says:

    What about the baby male chicks? What they do to them is sad as well..they either get ground up, thrown in the trash, the floor….that soon as they hatch. It’s really sad and quite disgusting, just the same as visually seeing the skins with the feathers. Here are 2 links for what they do to the babies… And

  • Dahlya says:

    Just thought I’d let everyone know that I found a website that offer feathers that look exactly like the real thing, only they are animal cruelty free and decently priced. Tell everyone you know to buy these instead of killing the roosters.

  • hatecruelpeople says:

    I shop at a JCPenney and found out that they are going to start offering this service. Where they put the feathers in your hair. I am livid about this. It is not our place to steal another lives fur or feathers. We dont go around stealing other peoples clothes or skin. What can I do to try to stop this?

  • Suzette Jones says:

    Dear Lindsay, Where did you find this comment by the president of Whiting Farms?Please be sure that you can provide a reference for your information. Please let me know your source. Thank you.

  • linda says:

    from what I’ve read, this is being driven in part by steven tyler’s use of these things and his reborn popularity on that music judge thing he does. we need to email him and ask him to stop hyping these things! (and boycott that show and his band)

  • Carla* says:

    Wow! That “owner” needs a taste of his own medicine!! Shame on HIM!! He should be shut down for making that statement, do you need anymore proof? Feathers?? What’s next??

  • tom tanner says:

    why cant they use the feathers when the rooster molts out, and grows in his new feathers,as fowl do this every year. all they would have to do is pick them up off the ground.

  • JacquieMi says:

    I’m pretty astounded how so many accessories have feathers on them now – headbands, earings, hair extensions! Hello, feathers come from animals that generally have to be killed, just for a fashion accessory?!?

  • Irene Leggett says:

    Is there any species of living, breathing, feeling animal that we humans does not exploit, torture and abuse for most or all of its short, miserable life? Have we totally lost our sense of compassion, empathy and moral ethics trading them for monetary value and sunk deep into the cess-pit of depravity and cruelty?

  • rachel says:

    yeah…i heard about this trend. its sick and heartless, i dont know what to say. if you wear this feather trend, it just broadcast to the whole world. “LOOK how selfish and cruel i am. i dont mind to torture another living being for my own vanities.” God gave the feathers to the birds, not to you. so leave them alone.