PETA to Bring ‘Live Goose’ Plucking to Boston

Group Will Ruffle Feathers to Expose Down Industry's Cruelty

For Immediate Release:
December 10, 2013

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Boston – Accompanied by an elegantly dressed woman who will violently pluck life-like geese, PETA members will converge outside REI—which sells down products—on Park Drive on Wednesday. PETA wants shoppers who would never think of buying fur to know that down sleeping bags, jackets, gloves, pillows, and comforters cause extreme pain for ducks and geese who are often repeatedly plucked alive for their feathers. PETA is calling on REI to drop down sales.

When:   Wednesday, December 11, 12 noon 

Where:  Outside REI, 401 Park Dr. (near the intersection with Riverway), Boston

“Down is a product of cruelty to birds,” says Alicia Silverstone in a PETA video exposé. The actor 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’re still alive—a traumatic and painful experience.

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.

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