Giant Plucked ‘Goose’ to London Pillow Fighters: Down Hurts!

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Can you imagine your childhood Friday night sleepovers without pillow fights? We can’t! It would be like a childhood without Nickelodeon, Mario Bros or Space Raiders. Pillow fights are a lot of fun, but unfortunately, when it comes to down-stuffed pillows, it’s no fun for the birds abused in the violent down industry.

This afternoon, a massive pillow fight took place in Trafalgar Square to mark International Pillow Fight Day. PETA members joined in on the fun and raised awareness of the cruelty involved in obtaining the feathers inside many pillows. A volunteer in a giant plucked-goose costume even urged Londoners to go feather-free!

Down Hurts PETA Pillowfight

With all the warm and cosy options available, compassionate people can sleep easy on pillows and under duvets that don’t come from mutilated geese and ducks.

Birds used for down are tightly restrained as feathers are violently yanked from their bodies, often resulting in gaping wounds. The down industry also supports the production of foie gras – which is made by forcing tubes down the throats of geese and ducks and pumping grain into their stomachs until their livers become enlarged and diseased – as the feathers of many of the birds on foie gras farms are sold for down.

How You Can Help

It’s easy to go down-free and to encourage others to switch to modern, feather-free alternatives, which are not only cruelty-free and more eco-friendly but also high-quality, machine washable and dryable and resistant to dust mites, odours and bacteria.

Please also share this information on Facebook and Twitter with everyone you know so that they, too, can make the compassionate choice to be down-free.


  • Madge Baldry commented on April 4, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    This is barbaric and must be stopped.

  • julie Duff commented on April 4, 2015 at 4:05 pm


  • Sarah wynne commented on April 4, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Pure evil…did not realise this happend will never buy anything with feathers again

  • Sandra Sutton commented on April 4, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    cruel !

  • Michelle Jackson commented on April 4, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    I for one won’t be purchasing anything with down in it! Animals are treated so appallingly for our comfort and purposes.

  • Marlies de Vries-Meijer commented on April 4, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    All animals have the right to live in freedom in their own habitat. They are not on earth to serve humans.

  • Gill Young commented on April 5, 2015 at 11:30 am

    All it takes is a little thought to stop the cruel down industry – birds stripped of feathers while still alive. How cruel is this….. Don’t support this industry

  • Margaret robinson commented on April 5, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    It time this cruel treatment of Geese & Ducks having there feathers plucked while alive Stopped,it’s Barbaric,how can an industry allow this can continue,these Birds feel pain every time it’s feathers are plucked.Stop it Now,

  • Andree Dyke commented on April 6, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Revolting way of filling pillows etc. The smell of them,the cruel way the feathers are collected. It’s not luxury, it’s revolting.

  • Jason commented on April 19, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    I assumed the down in my pillow was taken from dead birds taken for meat. Plucking live birds is sick.

  • xxomnompixelxx commented on April 26, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    I couldn’t help but cringe throughout the video. This is so awful!!

  • Rita Vergos commented on November 29, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Time to change so many things about our comfy lives. The high end brands should start a fashion of products made only with love not cruelty.

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