Bikinied PETA Snowboarders to Denver Winter Sports Convention: We’d Rather Strip Down Than Wear Down

Tormenting Live Birds Just Doesn't Fly, Says Sexy Duo

For Immediate Release:
January 29, 2014

Contact:
Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Denver – Braving the cold in little more than white bikinis and toasty animal-friendly boots and holding a snowboard that reads, “Be Down Free,” two PETA beauties will converge on the Colorado Convention Center just as the SnowSports Industries America Snow Show gets underway in Denver on Thursday. The lovely ladies’ point? That shoppers who would never think of buying fur often purchase jackets, gloves, pillows, or boots filled or lined with down because they aren’t aware of the hideous suffering of ducks and geese who are repeatedly—and painfully—plucked alive for down, as seen in this PETA video exposé, narrated by actor Alicia Silverstone.

 When:   Thursday, January 30, 12 noon

Where:  Outside the Colorado Convention Center, at the intersection of 14th and California streets, Denver

“PETA wants snow-sports enthusiasts to know that buying down products is every bit as cruel as purchasing fur, exotic skins, leather, or wool,” says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Lindsay Rajt. “If a product came from an animal, the chances that abuse and suffering were involved are roughly 100 percent.”

Warm, animal-friendly bedding and winter clothing are available everywhere. 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 options are superior to down, which loses much of its insulating properties when it gets wet.

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