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Actor's Shocking New PETA Video Reveals How Live Birds Are Plucked Bloody for Feathers Used in Bedding and Jackets
For Immediate Release:
December 13, 2012
Wendy Wegner 202-483-7382
Los Angeles -- With the holiday shopping season in high gear,
Alicia Silverstone is blowing the cover off a cruel product that flies
under most shoppers' radar: down. In a new PETA video
exposé, Silverstone offers a behind-the-scenes view of the down
industry, showing how millions of geese and ducks are plucked for their
feathers while they are still alive—a traumatic and painful experience.
"No matter where it comes from, down is a product of
cruelty to birds," Silverstone says as workers are shown yanking fistfuls
of feathers from live geese and ducks, often tearing open their flesh, which is
then sewn up using a needle and thread and without
giving the birds painkillers. Another surprise: Buying down can also support
foie gras—which is now illegal in California and many other parts of the
world—as foie gras producers often sell the feathers of ducks and geese who are
force-fed in order to enlarge their livers. At the slaughterhouse, birds used
for their down and feathers go through a petrifying experience when they are
hung upside down while still alive and stunned with electricity before being
plunged into scalding-hot defeathering tanks—sometimes while they are still
"You can help stop this suffering by purchasing only
down-free products and encouraging all your friends and family members to do
the same," concludes Silverstone, a longtime PETA supporter and vegan.
"This is one simple way to make a huge difference for
Silverstone also sat down for an interview with PETA, in
which she discusses her upcoming vegan parenting book, The Kind Mother,
as well as how she avoids down. "Even in costumes … I've said please don't
use any feathers anywhere …. I feel great not using down and feathers—there's
no need for it at all."
For more information, and
to enter to win a down-free puffer coat from hot vegan outerwear line Vaute
Couture, please visit PETA.org.
A broadcast-quality version of PETA's video exposé featuring
Silverstone can be downloaded here,
and Silverstone's video interview can be
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