Down is to date the most used filling material within the bedding industry: whether in pillows or duvets, the down is sourced from geese or ducks. Most bedding brands claim that the feathers they use are a by-product of the meat industry, implying the products are cruelty-free. This is unfortunately not always the case, because evidence to prove that the geese and ducks are not live-plucked or force-fed is often missing. Therefore, most brands cannot truly guarantee that live-plucking and force-feeding are really excluded from their down supply chain. This is why we demand strong controls in farms and in the traceability of down from the farm to the final product, in order to credibly prevent these cruel methods.
Take a pledge to not buy down products from cruel practices:
I pledge to not buy down products from live-plucked or force-fed geese and ducks
If brands and shops cannot guarantee that these practices are excluded from their supply chains I will refrain from buying down products at all
I am worried about the welfare of the geese and ducks you source down from for duvets and pillows. Many bedding brands state that they do not accept down products from live-plucked or force-fed geese or ducks. However, can they prove that their supply chain is really free from these practices?
Many brands depend on statements from suppliers to back this claim, but it is often not enough. It is not always clear whether suppliers are basing these statements on checks in all farms, at times where live-plucking or force-feeding is usually carried out and in the form of unannounced, surprise visits.
I urge bedding companies to take full control over their down supply in order to truly exclude such cruel practices and be transparent about their level of effort. I pledge to otherwise refrain from using down products.
Live plucking and force feeding can be credibly excluded by:
- Committing to audit and trace the full supply chain starting with the parent animal farms and going all the way to the final product with the help of independent third party auditors.
- Implementing unannounced inspections, especially at farm level and at times where live-plucking and force-feeding are most likely to be carried out.
- Communicating these actions to consumers so that we can make choices informed by these efforts towards higher animal welfare.
- Additionally providing alternative filling materials to down.
A concerned consumer