Down isn’t a by-product – it’s a bloody business

Down can be obtained:

a) from plucked animals that have already been slaughtered (dead plucked) or
b) from the much more brutal live plucking

Most down come from plucking, in which the down and feathers are torn from the animals’ skin during their lifetime. Sometimes this is even done automatically.

Live plucking is banned in Germany and the EU but most of the down used in Germany comes from China, Hungary, and Poland, where plucking by living things is common.

“Plucking troops”– hired for this alone- often injure the animals when they ruthlessly pluck live chords, especially when the feather of the down is still immature, which tears and tears the skin during plucking.

Larger wounds are sutured immediately and broken wings are only sparsely tied without anesthesia.

Most of the down comes from Asia (80% from China), where it is common to tear the feathers out of birds while they are alive. In Europe, a lot of down comes from Hungary and Poland

So far there are no independent certificates or seals that exclude live-plucking from down products. The existing seals and certificates were introduced by the down industry itself to reassure customers.

German bed manufacturers “officially” condemn live-plucking but let it happen from the back door.


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And I mean…Every year around 10,000 tons of down and feathers are imported to Germany, mainly from Poland, China, and Hungary. Live plucking has a long tradition in Hungary and around 300,000 animals are plucked every year.

During live-plucking, the geese’s feathers are pulled out while they are still alive.
That hurts a lot, and it’s animal cruelty

For the poultry industry, this practice is many times more lucrative than plucking after slaughter, as an animal can be plucked four to seven times until it dies before it is slaughtered.

The fact that the geese are allowed to pluck when their feathers fall on their own does not mean that this procedure is followed consistently because this time is difficult to determine and individually from animal to animal.

It is unlikely that an institution can determine this for each individual bird.

We regard this animal product in the same way as milk, leather, fur, or meat because it is also associated with painful origins.

Any consumer with a basic conscience and brain has to boycott this product; There are great variants of down that warm and protect just as well.

This is the only way we can damage the bloody down-industry and significantly reduce the suffering of these animals

My best regards to all, Venus


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