Stop Using Down Feathers From Tortured Birds

Close up of down feather by michellebflickr

Target: R. Gil Kerlikowski, Commissioner in U.S. Customs

Goal: Save ducks and geese from live plucking and other cruel practices in the down feather industry.

Millions of ducks and geese are tortured in the name of warmth every year. Products, including bedding and clothing, are frequently thought of as warmer and more luxurious if they contain real down feathers. Unfortunately, down items are potentially not as warm as more modern materials and are typically obtained using excessively cruel methods. Speak up now to protect these suffering birds.

In China, where 80 percent of the down used in America originates, ducks and geese are typically plucked alive. This process involves grabbing both the upper feathers and soft down under layers in clumps and yanking them from birds that are alert and alive. This feels just as it would to pull clumps of hair from your head. Live plucking also frequently opens gaping wounds, which are stitched up while the bird is still fully alert and screaming with pain.

Down producers favor the live plucking method as they can obtain up to five ounces of feathers from each bird every six weeks until the birds are four years old. At this point, these birds, who’ve known only horror and pain, are sent to the slaughter house.

Less often, down is obtained after birds who’ve been horribly abused by the foie gras industry are slaughtered. The one humane option is almost never used, as it would take too long to simply gather molted down. It takes feathers from more than 75 birds to make one comforter.

With the availability of warmer, cruelty free, materials, there is no need to make these birds suffer. Demand the end of the importation of down feathers from tortured birds.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Commissioner Kerlikowski,

The textile industry in the U.S. is victimizing millions of ducks and geese each year. By convincing consumers that down products are warmer and more luxurious than modern, ethically obtained materials, the industry ensures these animals will be cruelly plucked alive nearly 35 times before the age of four.

Live plucking itself is immensely painful and also causes gaping wounds to open. These wounds are stitched together while the bird is still fully alert and screaming in agony. Approximately 80 percent of the down used in the U.S. is imported from China. The remaining 20 percent is imported from other regions. Virtually, no down feathers are from farms in the U.S. Shutting down the flow of duck and goose down from countries who torture the birds will cripple the use of down in textiles and force suppliers to end their torturous practices. We demand that the U.S. stop accepting down imports from China and any other countries where it is obtained through cruel means.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: michellebflickr

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6 Comments

  1. IF PEOPLE JUST THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE BUYING IT WOULD HELP, IF PEOPLE NEW WHAT THEY WERE AND WHERE THEY CAN FROM I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THEY WOULD THINK AGAIN ABOUT BUYING SUCH THINGS, THESE POOR HELPLESS BIRDS ARE ALIVE AND TORTURED JUST FOR THEIR FEATHERS, HOW SICK IS THAT, THEY PEOPLE THAT DO THIS ARE THE SCUM OF THE EARTH

  2. Put yourselves in the animals’ place. How would you feel if someone were to pluck out YOUR hair while you were conscious? These birds feel PAIN just as all living things do. With all the alternative products available, it should be time to enter the age of enlightenment and STOP CAUSING PAIN to innocent animals!

  3. anita culling says:

    Stop torturing these creatures. Educate the public about what happens.

  4. Why do they not take feathers from those birds that are already killed to be eaten: broilers, hens, turkeys..Their feathers assumingly go to waste, even if they have the same good qualities as those that are robbed from living birds by torturing them. To use “waste” would be the only right thing. So long as people eat meat of these birds it would be the most ecologic & ethic to use their feathers instead.

  5. I am a Guardian for the animals ?
    The Dragons are beside me now ?
    Your victims treat back now ?
    Time totally has changed now ?
    So Take responsibility for your Doing
    Take responsibility for your cruelty

  6. What about the birds? — Who thinks of them? — It’s time to STOP the cruel horror & sadistic torture inflicted on these innocent, vulnerable birds.

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