Monday, 17 December 2012

I never even thought about this...

It's not often that I actually read or even skim over Facebook viral links but after seeing this picture...

I had to read on...

Geese and ducks in the feather industry are plucked four or five times during their short lives, two to three times a year. The British or
ganization 'Beauty Without Cruelty Charity' documented this live-plucking on video. The video depicts horrified geese, held by their backs and wings while all their feathers are torn from their bodies. Some have their legs tied to their backs in order to keep them from moving. The tortured goose struggles and tries to escape till the point of exhaustion, muscular damage and broken bones. The pluckers' payment depends on the rate of the plucking, according to how many geese they've plucked. The fast pace is another cause of severe damage and horrible pain for the birds. Every feather torn can cause bleeding and wounds. The trauma from the plucking is still apparent days afterwards: after the first spasms of pain, the bird seems paralyzed and barely moves. Plucking live birds is such a cruel method, that even some countries which haven't forbidden the force-feeding of geese, have forbidden the live-plucking of birds.Geese raised for down do not have a painless life. They are raised for down are live-plucked numerous times in their life. Some places that practice this will pluck the geese the first time when they are ten weeks old and then every six weeks thereafter, sometimes up they are four years old !!This procedure is extremely painful for the animal. Birds, including ducks and geese, do have pain receptors in their skin from which the feathers are plucked. Studies indicate that the heart rate and behaviors of the animals clearly indicate that having their feathers plucked most likely causes both pain and distress.
Imagine having all the hair on your head plucked out, one by one. Only imagine your follicles are really thick so that it's more difficult to pull them out. Now imagine having this done every couple months for four years.It's not like these animals are raised for food and the feathers are the end by product. There are actual farms which do nothing but raise geese solely to pluck their feather to sell to manufactures that produce down jackets, pillows, or comforters.
Factories packed with geese and ducks supply the feathers in your household down comforter, but those birds may have had their feathers pulled out by the bunch while they squawk in terror.
According to PETA, there is no way to really know whether your down comforter products were distributed by factories that hand-pluck their geese, but many obtain feathers this way. Hand-plucking is gruesome, and can leave the bird with bloody wounds and a painful aftermath. Birds have been known to struggle to get free and scream as they endure this painful process. Some farms wait for their coats grow back so the birds can be live-plucked around five or six times, up until the day of their slaughter...
In Hungary, for example, feather rippers are often paid by volume, so they pull feathers out of the birds as quickly as possible, tying the birds’ legs over their backs during this process. Many are unaware of this cruelty, and the down market remains in high international demand. However, there are synthetic alternatives to down that prove equal in effect and often cause less allergies.
Duvets: a real nightmare and horror for geese - (see the WSPA website)
A shocking documentary series has revealed that many duvets are stuffed with down plucked from live geese, a practice that causes acute suffering. WSPA is extremely disturbed by this fresh evidence about the global down industry. The first programme, shown on Swedish television channel TV4 on 1 February, revealed that millions of birds are plucked alive every year in Europe alone. The figure is even higher in China, the world’s largest producer of down and other feathers. China exports to a number of European countries where the down is used in duvets, pillows and jackets. Regardless of the origin of the feathers, the consequences for the geese are clear: they are tormented and badly stressed during the plucking process. WSPA is strongly opposed to the "plucking of live birds" The footage – which is extremely distressing – can be viewed on the TV4 website FOR MORE INFO GO TO ►►
There is a European Convention for the Protection of Animals Kept for Farming Purposes which recommends the plucking of feathers and down from live birds be prohibited -so why does it continue...? 

Thank you all, 

Tony Zadel /Copyright(©)
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►►PLEASE WATCH An undercover investigation by Sweden's TV4, for a current affairs program called "Cold Facts," found another method being used: plucking the geese while alive. Investigative reporter Per Hermanrud said on some farms, workers "pluck the bird repeatedly about 4 times."The reason, he says? Profit !!

Down jackets, comforters, and pillows mean one thing for geese—the agony of having their feathers pulled out by the fistful.

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