List of Retailers That Refuse to Sell the Feathers Ripped out of Struggling Birds by the Fistful Grows
For Immediate Release:
28 July 2016
Hong Kong – In the wake of a PETA US and PETA Asia exposé showing that workers in China – the source of 80 per cent of the world’s down – pin geese down and rip their feathers out as they struggle and scream, leaving the animals with gaping, bloody wounds, high-street favourites Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Warehouse have promised to keep down out of all their future collections. PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – has also received down-free pledges from Dr Martens, Oasis, and ASOS.
“Just as they did with cruelly obtained angora wool, forward-thinking fashion brands are jumping to meet the demands of today’s compassionate consumers, who want nothing to do with an industry that rips out live birds’ feathers”, says PETA Asia China Project Coordinator Keith Guo. “PETA will continue to work with retailers across Hong Kong to ditch feathers in favour of natural or high-tech synthetic fillers that are hypoallergenic, warm, eco-friendly, and infinitely kinder to birds.”
All the farms in the exposé have connections to retail suppliers that are certified by the so-called Responsible Down Standard (RDS), which prohibits live plucking geese – raising concerns about the legitimacy of the RDS certification.
The down industry also helps support producers of foie gras – which is made by forcing tubes down the throats of geese and ducks and pumping grain into their stomachs until their livers become enlarged and diseased – as the feathers of many of the birds on foie gras farms are sold for down.