Restoration Hardware Execs to Be Blasted for Failing to Protect Animals

PETA to Protest, Call On Shareholders to End Company's Sales of Mohair and Down Feathers

For Immediate Release:
July 17, 2018

Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Corte Madera, Calif. – A group of PETA supporters bearing signs that proclaim, “Restoration Hardware: Stop Funding Animal Abuse,” will gather outside the company’s annual meeting on Wednesday. Inside the meeting, PETA, which owns shares in the company, will urge it to stop selling down and mohair:

When:    Wednesday, July 18, 9:30 a.m.

Where:    Restoration Hardware Headquarters, 15 Koch Rd., Corte Madera

“No pillow or comforter is worth the terror experienced by a goat sheared bloody for mohair or a bird plucked alive for a feather filling,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on Restoration Hardware to stop supporting cruelty to animals and take all down and mohair products off its shelves.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear or abuse in any other way”—recently revealed that baby goats were mutilated, dragged, thrown, and killed in cruel ways in the mohair industry. PETA’s video exposé has already prompted more than 240 top retailers worldwide to ban mohair.

In the down industry, workers often restrain birds and rip out their feathers by the fistful, sometimes leaving them with bloody, gaping wounds. Buying down can also support the foie gras industry, as producers often boost their profits by selling the feathers of birds who are force-fed until their livers become diseased and swell to up to 10 times their normal size.

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