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Down Production: Birds Abused for Their Feathers

The coldhearted and cruel down industry often plucks geese alive in order to get their down— the soft layer of feathers closest to a bird’s skin. These feathers are used to produce clothing and comforters, but for geese, the down industry’s methods are anything but comfortable.

Geese After Live Plucking for DownCopyright Friedrich Mülln

Undercover video footage shows employees on goose farms pulling fistfuls of feathers out of live birds, often causing bloody wounds as the animals shriek in terror. The frightened animals are often squeezed upside down between workers’ knees during the painful procedure—in one instance, an investigator photographed a worker who was sitting on a goose’s neck in order to prevent her from escaping.

Live plucking causes birds considerable pain and distress. Once their feathers are ripped out, many of the birds, paralyzed with fear, are left with gaping wounds—some even die as a result of the procedure. Workers often sew the birds’ skin back together without using any anesthetics.

That’s not all—buying down can also support the cruelty of the foie gras and meat industries because many farmers who raise birds for food make an extra profit by selling their feathers as well. At the slaughterhouse, many of these birds are improperly stunned, which means that they are still conscious when their throats are cut and they are dumped into the scalding-hot water of the defeathering tank.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

It’s impossible to tell whether the down used in the products you buy was obtained from live-plucked birds. The only way to stop live plucking and ensure that no birds suffer for your clothing or bedding is to choose cruelty-free materials. Please make the compassionate choice to sign the pledge to go down-free now!

If you haven’t already done so, please share this information on Facebook and Twitter with everyone you know so that they, too, can make the compassionate choice to pledge to be down-free. You can also spread the word to everyone that you come in contact with by wearing “Down Hurts” merchandise! That way, everyone will know that the down industry abuses birds.

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  • Debbie says:

    I love feather pillows, but I will NEVER buy another one after reading this!! There is no reason to put these poor birds through that much pain!!

  • Pete Zaslow says:

    If writer Upton Sinclair were alive today, I’m sure there would be a new chapter added on to “The Jungle”

  • water botteldoorne says:

    het is schandalig wat er met de dieren gebeurt ! wie zou het in zijn hoofd krijgen om ook iets van dieren te gebruiken toch niet uit lol ik doe de belofte dit zeker en vast te laten

  • clifford/christine schmutz says:

    What has ever happened to humanity? Help, St. Francis!!!!

  • Kim says:

    I won’t purchase another down product again.

  • magdalena asbrede says:

    the most of the people do not think, the do not think about the poor animal the eat, the use in any way. humans please start thinking how mutch suffering the animals!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Phyllis Lambert says:

    DISPICABLE…is the first word that comes to mind. How can anyone allow such animal abuse. I can say without a doubt I will NEVER purchase a product made with down ever again. Please have a heart…the animals do. I beg you to STOP the abuse. Thank you.

  • Brenda says:

    I feel sou bad for eat meet and i fell sou guilty, that i never would eat met again

  • jana dodge says:

    Where the hell do you get these morons to do this kind of thing to a animal???? Do they realize how much pain these animals are in??? No they don’t because they are sooo stupid!!!! This needs to stop!

  • amber says:

    i hate any type of animal crulety. stuff like this needs to be stopped.

  • Raquel says:

    HUMANS ! WE ARE A SHAME !

  • kanika williams says:

    this is so wrong no animal should be treated like this at all i look at it like this what if the same animal you were hurting was a person how would you feel then how would you like it then what if the animal was your child you wouldn’t want somebody pulling your childs hair out while their alive and awake just think how animal cruelty would effect you and your family

  • Mike says:

    I didn’t know this was even happening!! However, now that I do know, I will never look at down the same. Not in my house!

  • Deborah B says:

    This is horrible and disgusting. How can this treatment to animals be legal????

  • Rachelle says:

    So mean, this actually makes me physically ill!

  • Shang says:

    Torture! infliction! Crime!!!

  • Glenda Pickering says:

    I was horrified to see how these poor birds suffered I had no idea how the down in my duvets was obtained and never really thought about it before Now thanks to “Peta” I know and will never buy anything containing down again

  • Derek says:

    I will never buy another Down anything!

  • HippyLauren says:

    THIS IS HORRIBLE!!! it makes me so sad, and if people actually knew what was happening to them i bet they would stop buying, i just wigh there was a way i could tell everyone in the world these horrible things!!!!!

  • Baron von Aaron says:

    CRUEL,INHUMAN and DEGRADING!I winced when I saw these magnificent sentient creatures literally having the stuffing knocked and ripped out of them. PeTA please organize a boycott of chi-chi home furnishing and department stores.yeah.

  • StopHurthingThem! says:

    STOP HURTING HELPLESS ANIMALS!!! THEIR NOT TOYS!!!!

  • christine Lambotte says:

    Il ne faut plus jamais acheter des vêtements ou des couettes fabriqués avec des vraies plumes, il y en a d’autres qui sont aussi chauds et qui ne font pas souffrir les animaux.

  • Andrea Hoffmann says:

    Stop it now!

  • Restoin Michelle says:

    Arrêtez ces horreurs !!!!! Pauvres bêtes , franchement pas digne d’un être sencé humain !!!!!

  • HELP says:

    Where is the petition PLEASE !?!

  • alberto arias says:

    These people must be stopped without further ado when greed for money takes control, common sense melts as butter near fire.

  • s karg says:

    where can we sign? There is such a blatant lack of humanity and compassion here it is frightening. I would bet that they could not care less. Animal abuse must be stopped at all costs.

  • Julie says:

    Where is the petition for this?!? I will SIGN IT!

  • STOP ANIMAL ABUSE says:

    i AM VERY DISGUSTED AT MOST HUMANS ACTIONS TOWARDS ANIMALS. ANIMALS WANT TO LIVE JUST AS MUCH AS HUMANS, THEY WANT TO BE LOVED, CARED FOR, PRAISED FOR THEIR GOOD WORK, FED, KEPT CLEAN, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, RESPECTED ! US BEING THE HUMANS SHOULD BE UNDERSTANDING OF ANIMALS AND PROVIDE THE NECESSITITES FOR THEM TOO. SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT…

  • The Brenners says:

    Humans are inhuman and disgusting!

  • LauraGeraghty says:

    Thank you so much for all the info. Its mind boggling how much animal cruelty there is in the world

  • Liana van Rooyen says:

    This is beyond cruel. What did animals ever do to humans to be treated like this. Hope the wheel turns soon. Utterly disgusting!!!

  • Daisyduck49 says:

    WTF.These people need to be Plucked from society like they pluck these poor bird’s.

  • José Jesu says:

    Stop this now!!!

  • giovanna says:

    Man that shame!!!!!!!!!!

  • Muriel Servaege says:

    Horrible. How can man be so cruel??? What’s wrong with him???

  • judy Cook says:

    This is disgusting torture. How do humans live with themselves !!!!!!!!!

  • GC says:

    Is there nothing on this earth that man does not kill, maim or exploit? Truly sickening. Will never buy down.

  • Beccabooo says:

    Why. Why would anyone do this. God did not put animals on this earth to suffer. Please. Stop this. Sickening. Poor babies…..

  • Lucy says:

    What a cruel insane practice it should be stopped ASAP!

  • heather says:

    i am so glad that there are others as passionate about animal rights as i am, thank you to all of you who speak out against such cruel behavior. People fail to put themselves in an animals position before they hurt, abuse or kill. They have all the rights that we do, however they cannot voice it in a language that we can understand-except for their screams of pain!

  • heather says:

    i am so glad that there are others as passionate about animal rights as i am, thank you to all of you who speak out against such cruel behavior. People fail to put themselves in an animals position before they hurt, abuse or kill. They have all the rights that we do, however they cannot voice it in a language that we can understand-except for their screams of pain!

  • Simmo says:

    I am more convinced than ever that the most dangerous predator on earth is Man. Why do humans think it is their God-given right to treat animals however they please.

  • vera says:

    sorry, but i not speky english.Buta i love very much animail

  • vera says:

    sorry, but i not speky english.Buta i love very much animail

  • Genevieve Flint says:

    People who are willing to do such jobs have to be idiots!

  • Paula Santos says:

    Animals have feelings and rights too! Please Help!

  • Anna Phillips says:

    HOW COULD ANYONE DO THIS TO A HELPLESS BIRD ?

  • Minerva says:

    My husband and I and now our family and growing circle of friends hava all chosen to go Vegan simply because of the cruelty caused to many animals. We were not meant to eat meat and we have many alternatives to using animal products for our pleasure.

    I sincerely hope that the people who cause these animals harm will one day pay for their crime.

  • Eva says:

    No, I cannot believe that humans can do this cruelty. Thats no more normal. And I see a lot of cruelty to animals living in thailand!

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