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The Really Low-Down

Written by PETA | May 3, 2010

Bravo to the good folks at CBS 5 in San Francisco for running with a chilling Swedish investigative report on the down industry.




In case you think that the down filling in coats and pillows is gathered by a kindly farmer who just follows molting birds around all day and fills a sack with their lost feathers, here’s an eye-opener: An investigative team from the Swedish TV show Cold Facts went undercover on goose farms in Poland, Hungary, and China and videotaped workers yanking fistfuls of feathers out of live birds, a process that a veterinarian contacted by CBS 5 described as “torture.” At one farm, a worker is shown using a needle and thread to sew a goose’s skin back together after the skin had been ripped apart during plucking.

Makes that down comforter seem less comforting, doesn’t it? Luckily for geese and the people who don’t wish to hurt them, down-alternative comforters are just as cozy and cuddly as those made from down. I speak from personal experience—I happen to have one on my bed … along with three toasty kitties and a dog.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • LiberationNOW says:

    Down is an animal product. Those of you that are PETA members I would hope are not using it or any other animal product. I never heard of this until I saw the report but I would not use ANY product no matter how humane it is supposed to be. Hopefully many will not buy down because of this.

  • Catherine says:

    watching this made me feel like I was the bird on the video… about to go shopping on Ikea but now Im thinking… Anyway this is a job well done! great footage!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Add downpulling to the list of truly awful jobs the desperately poor of the world will do to feed their families…the others are slaughterhouse worker fast food worker brick maker bricks are often made by hand in third world countries and the workers are forced to live on the site farm worker harvesting for agribusiness or large private farms dairy worker factory farm worker and on and on.

  • John J says:

    Goose down can be infested with parisites too. If not treated it causes skin rashes and severe infections. Only buy USA products not China. The US treats all feather products against mites and parasites.

  • Lulu says:

    Yay!!! Go CBS5. Think I’ll send them an email to thank ’em. We all should no?