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Topic - Ethical Considerations of Down Products

Rassapotimus - on 11 Mar 2013
Hi All,

I am interested to know if anyone has any information, or has ever considered the origin of the down in insulated products?

I have recently been toying with buying a down jacket but after thinking about what down actually is I looked into how we obtain it at an industrial scale. See PETA's current campaign:

http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=18084

It appears to me that in order for many of us to be nice and toasty on that windswept belay in our down jacket there is likely to of been considerable suffering in its production.

I doubt it is too presumptuous of me to assume that most of us that enjoy outdoor sports have a wish to preserve nature and I feel that goes hand in hand with compassion for the creatures we share it with.

Does anyone have information from the major suppliers e.g. Rab etc.. about their down sources?

Also what are your thoughts on this?
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