Sleep in Comfort
It is important to get a good night’s rest. Everyone needs to let their body take a break as the body naturally repairs itself during our sleeping hours.
As we get older, we realize that there’s a bigger need to get good and supportive bedding. It helps us sleep better at night, especially if we always push our bodies to the limit.
Yesterday, I came across this article about down feather pillows and its origin. Down feather pillows and comforters are extremely popular due to the comfort it provides… it’s very soft, and the texture makes it a very good bedding option.
What I didn’t know was that to make down feather bedding, these feathers are plucked from geese while they are alive! Many times this brutal treatment causes much distress and fear to the geese. The ripping out of the feathers causes many of them to become paralyzed from the pain… and many also experience severe wounds. To decrease cost, should the geese not die from the ordeal, workers will sew them back up without any pain killers. How horrible!
The plucking of the feathers begin when the geese are as young as 10 week old. It is then repeated every 6 weeks until it is killed for meat. When we buy down feather bedding, it not only promotes this cruel industry but also encourage the foie grass industry… many of these farms operate in such a way where the feathers of these geese are plucked for extra profit before they are killed prematurely for our consumption.
We have so many other bedding alternatives that can give us equal comfort. It is beyond cruel to continuously torture these animals just for our personal comfort. Please make a pledge to be Down-Free* and also pass the word around on social media.
Making people aware of this form of cruelty is a start to end this horrible industry that causes suffering and death to thousands of animals every year.
Alicia Silverstone Helps Uncover the Cruelty of Down
Or view the video on the server at:
A geese being plucked for their feather while still alive… look at the wounds that this goose has to endure from the violent feather plucking…
Both adult and child holding a silent protest to end the down feather industry
Protests happens everywhere… people are determined to end the suffering of these poor animals
These geese went through the cruel plucking process… poor things… look at the horrible condition that they live in… there is no relief from suffering for these animals
[Image source: http://www.peta.org/features/down-investigation.aspx, http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/down-industry.aspx]