Save the geese
Animal welfare campaign group Care2 has launched a petition asking outdoor gear companies to end down-plucking torture of live geese.
The petition was calling on The North Face, Patagonia and Rab to support non-toxic alternatives to down and stop supporting companies that use cruel methods of feather extraction.
Last year PETA and Four Paws obtained undercover video footage of workers pulling fistfuls of feathers from geese as the birds shriek with pain.
During the process the geese are squeezed between pluckers’ knees or sometimes have their necks sat upon and many are left with gaping wounds, which can be fatal.
Campaigners say that many of these birds then fall foul of the foie gras market while others are killed using inhumane methods such as plunging them into scalding water.
In 2010, North Face and Patagonaia reportedly admitted that some down used in their products was from cruelly-treated geese. In 2012, North Face pledged to find a source of down that was not the product of force-feeding. North Face is now reporting on its website that it has been working on a “Responsible Down Standard,” which it says will be completed this year.
Care2 say that alternatives are available quoting the Biomimicry Institute which is working to design a non-toxic alternative to natural down.
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