/ Ethical Considerations of Down Products
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:
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?
There was quite a long thread about this a few weeks ago. Have a search - I think there were statements about the positions of various major brands.
Patagonia's take on the issue:
I imagine that many other manufacturers also avoid live-plucked down.
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