Oct 1 2012

Cruelty In The Down Industry

In order to produce down comforters, pillows, and coats, birds are often pinned down or lifted by their necks or a delicate wing and have their feathers painfully ripped out while they are alive and able to feel pain.

Live-plucking causes birds considerable pain and distress. Many birds are plucked so hard that they are left with gaping wounds, which workers sew back together using a needle and thread, without any painkillers. Some birds are left paralyzed by pain and fear, and some even die as a result of this violent process.

Yes, I realize things like this are difficult to watch, and I hesitate before posting really graphic stuff. But, this is the reality of the world we live in. It’s the reality of what goes on so we can have down products.

As winter comes closer, please keep this in mind before purchasing your new coats, etc., and try to make kinder choices. There are great down alternatives out there that are actually much healthier choices for us as well. Dust mites freak me out, and they are huge fans of the real deal. The choice is simple – opt for the down alternatives for our health, and the welfare of millions of helpless animals.

2 Comments

  1. Amy
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Posted By: Amy

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I am a vegan but did not think about down products.
    I got two little boys and I am glad to share this with them when they get little older.
    (They are 7mo & 2&1/2y)
    I love your website and recipes. I can tell you put a lot of effort into it.
    You help me to get informed when I’m juggling with my kids, house work and the business we have.

  2. Elle Magnuson
    Posted November 28, 2014 at 11:22 am | Posted By: Elle Magnuson

    I think it is so important for children to know what’s going on too.
    They have a right to know and I’m wanting to find ways raise awareness in a gentle way…
    I have another comment with regard to one of Elizabeth’s Favorites– the collagen product with beef kosher. I was shocked to see that as one of her faves.
    Elizabeth, I hope you could get back to me about this to explain…
    Thank you so much

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