Target: Gary Loveman, CEO of Caesars Entertainment
Goal: Ask Caesars to take a stand against animal cruelty by eliminating down bedding from Caesar’s Palace.
The phrase “Las Vegas hotel” conjures up images of wild partying and luxurious comfort. But at Caesar’s Palace, these amenities come at an expense to animals: the hotel uses down bedding in several of its luxury suites. The down industry is unnecessary and cruel, and a company as wealthy as Caesars can surely find cruelty-free alternatives. Sign the petition and urge Caesars to do what’s right by eliminating down bedding from its suites and replacing it with a humane alternative.
The down industry is particularly cruel. Geese are often plucked while they are still alive, and rough handling sometimes means that their delicate skin is ripped off along with their feathers. When the birds receive any medical attention for their wounds, they are stitched up without painkillers or sedatives.
The down industry is often linked with foie gras production as well, and the feathers of geese raised for foie gras are often harvested for use in down pillows, comforters, and other products. Geese raised for foie gras are force-fed until their livers have expanded to many times their normal size. At the slaughterhouse, still-conscious geese have their throats slit, and many only die after being “scalded to death in defeathering tanks,” according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Caesars has already replaced down with synthetic bedding in a number of the other Las Vegas hotels it owns and operates. Urge it to do the same at Caesar’s Palace–sign the petition and ask Caesars to get rid of down once and for all.
Dear Mr. Loveman,
For many guests, Caesar’s Palace is the very picture of luxury. However, why does that luxury have to come as a by-product of a cruel and exploitative industry?
Down bedding, while often associated with comfort and opulence, is the product of immense animal cruelty. Geese raised for down are often plucked alive, and many have their delicate skin ripped off during the process. When these animals receive medical attention, it comes without painkillers or sedatives.
Down is also obtained from geese raised for foie gras, a process with entails the force-feeding of geese until their livers are painfully and unnaturally swollen. When the birds are sent to the slaughterhouse, many of them are still conscious when their throats are slit, and many are still alive when they are thrown into defeathering tanks, where they are subsequently scalded to death.
Please take a stand against animal cruelty. Caesars has already eliminated down completely from Harrah’s, Planet Hollywood, Paris, Rio, Flamingo, and Bally’s–can’t it do the same in just a few more rooms at Caesar’s Palace?
[Your Name Here]
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