Tormenting Live Birds Just Doesn't Fly, Say Bikini-Clad Activists
Braving the cold in little more than white bikinis and toasty animal-friendly boots and holding a snowboard that reads, ‘Be Down Free’, two PETA activists converged on the Colorado Convention Center just as the SnowSports Industries America Snow Show got underway in Denver this week.
The point? That shoppers who would never think of buying fur often purchase jackets, gloves, pillows or boots filled or lined with down because they aren’t aware of the hideous suffering of ducks and geese who are repeatedly – and painfully – plucked alive for down, as seen in this PETA video exposé, narrated by actor Alicia Silverstone.
“PETA wants snow-sports enthusiasts to know that buying down products is every bit as cruel as purchasing fur, exotic skins, leather or wool,” says PETA’s associate director of campaigns, Lindsay Rajt. “If a product came from an animal, the chances that abuse and suffering were involved are roughly 100 per cent.”
PETA encourages shoppers to check labels for synthetic down, down alternative, polyester fill, or high-tech fabrics such as PrimaLoft and Thinsulate – which are soft, washable, down-like fibers. These options can be superior to down, which loses much of its insulating properties when it gets wet.