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PETA Ruffles Feathers
to Expose Cruelty to Birds in Down Production
For Immediate Release:January 24, 2013
Contact:Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382
Oklahoma City -- A couple will greet passersby from a bed on the sidewalk under a banner
reading, "Get Down Without Down," at a busy intersection in
downtown Oklahoma City on Friday. The two will be accompanied by an activist
dressed as a half-plucked
goose holding a sign that reads, "Plucked Alive."
When: Friday, January 25, 12 noon
Where: Intersection of N. Broadway Avenue and W. Main Street, Oklahoma City
The battered bird's and cuddling
couple's point? Compassionate shoppers who would never think of buying fur
sometimes purchase sleeping bags, jackets, gloves, pillows, or comforters
filled with down because they aren't aware of the suffering of birds who are
often repeatedly—and painfully—plucked alive for their feathers. Other PETA
supporters will hold signs that read, "Feathers Ripped Out," which
will include photos from an investigation of the down industry.
PETA encourages shoppers to check labels
for synthetic down, down alternative, polyester fill, or high-tech fabrics such
as PrimaLoft® and Thinsulate™—soft, washable, down-like fibers. In most cases,
these are a superior option for climbers and campers,
as down loses much of its insulating
properties when it gets wet.
"Down is a product of cruelty to
birds," says Alicia Silverstone in a new PETA video
exposé. She offers a behind-the-scenes view of the down industry, showing
how millions of geese and ducks are "violently plucked bloody for their
feathers" while they are still alive—a traumatic and painful experience. A broadcast-quality version of PETA's video exposé featuring
Silverstone can be downloaded here. Her video interview can be downloaded here.
information, please visit PETA.org.
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