Lucy Watson Wants You to Know That Feathers Belong on Birds, Not Beds

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TV star Lucy Watson is urging everyone to ditch cruelly produced down bedding for kinder options in this provocative new ad.

After watching a shocking exposé of the down industry, which showed how birds are violently restrained before having feathers ripped from their sensitive bodies, Lucy swore off down and decided to go cruelty-free with her bedding.

The horrendously painful process of live plucking is often repeated over and over again until a bird is eventually sent to slaughter – if the bird even survives that long. As Lucy explains:

[The feathers] are plucked continuously and forcefully from the birds and sometimes they die just from the shock.

If you buy down, there’s usually no way of knowing where the feathers have come from. Some down can even come from foie gras farms, where geese are force-fed with metal tubes shoved down their throats until their liver becomes diseased.

In the video, filmed at the campaign photo shoot by Sally Rose, Lucy points out that it’s easy to avoid causing birds to suffer by choosing cosy synthetic bedding:

It’s cruelty free, allergy free and most of the time it’s less expensive. Next time you’re out buying duvets or pillows, if it says “down” on the label – leave it on the shelf.

When you need to pick up some new pillows, bear in mind the torment that birds might have gone through for the sake of a few feathers. Please choose a cruelty-free option instead.

Comments

  • Anne will commented on June 21, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Feather and down filled pillows and duvets are outdated. Knowing the facts we must surely play our part in preventing these cruel industry from continuing. Buy an alternative….it’s not the end of the world!

    • joan rosenblatt commented on June 21, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      I SAW A VIDEO RECENTLY AND IT WAS SICKENING HOW THEY ACTUALLY PULL FEATHERS OUT OF ANIMALS. HORRIBLE PLEASE FEATHERED AND DOWN FILLED PILLOWS AND DUVETS ARE SO OUTDATED. I DID NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO BECAUSE IT IS SO HARD TO WATCH.

      • NICK commented on July 1, 2016 at 6:50 pm

        I watched it & was appalled at this cruelty

      • jill osment commented on July 3, 2016 at 10:00 am

        this is sick who they do to them. I will never ever buy a duvets or pillows made with feathers.

      • Deedee commented on August 11, 2016 at 3:14 pm

        What is wrong with us? we are so advanced in some areas and so ignorant and vile in others. What do I do now with the stuff I have like wool and boots and duvets, those innocents suffering. Maybe when we die we will receive the things we ignored. I will not take part in this barbaric lifestyle taking from others that are not able to defend themselves. I am sorry for what I have done and I won’t support any of it anymore.

    • Geri commented on July 2, 2016 at 1:44 am

      This disgusting and needs to end. The human race has changed drastically and it appears no seems to care about the torture and abuse done to animals.

    • Christina Corser commented on July 2, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      This practice is cruel and brutal as well as totally unnecessary. Do we really want to use bedding that’s stuffed with feathers ripped from live birds? We need to consider the origin of all consumer products and shout NO to cruelty.

    • Fiona Williams commented on July 7, 2016 at 3:57 am

      Completely agree with you Lucy. Well done for supporting this worthy cause to stop this cruel trade.

  • Lisa Ringe commented on June 30, 2016 at 7:13 am

    It’s barbaric and cruel and those responsible should be ashamed of themselves. Im all about NO FEATHER DOWN IN ANYTHING.

  • susan abaci commented on July 1, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Please please please stop using feathers for bedding or coats or anything else!

    We don’t NEED THEM!!!!

  • Peter commented on July 1, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Prefer natural materials……but this is not the right way to get it !!!!!

    • Deedee commented on August 11, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Is there ever a right way when suffering is the only way to have their skin, their bodies, their bodily secretions, their hair, their horns, their life’s, what are we doing. I agree with you Peter.

  • Christina Phillips commented on July 1, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE …STOP THIS HORRIFIC PRACTICE

  • Moira commented on July 1, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    It is d us gusting the cruelty involved please stop this there is no need. Plenty of other ways to make pillows etc.

  • Lynda Corns commented on July 1, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    The way those poor birds are treated…….taking off their feathers………totally sickening. Feathers belong to birds….NOT in duvets and pillows…….STOP IT !

  • Lesley Baglee commented on July 1, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    This is the most horrible thing ii have seen how could any one do this my god the pepole that do this are disgusting im ashamed to be human

  • Alexandra Wild commented on July 1, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Feathers belong on birds. Please stop this unnecessary cruelty

  • Rozmin Samji commented on July 1, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    It is nasty to rip out bird feathers.

  • Margaret Jones commented on July 1, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Abject cruelty I am shocked I did not realise this was going on

  • Frieda Rinia commented on July 1, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    It’s a barbarian and very cruel behaviour to rip the feathers from the geese. People who do that must be put in jale …

  • D Biggerstaff commented on July 1, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Please stop using feathers from birds for bedding or anything else. Have seen the sickening video of the plucking torture. We can buy other products. Birds need feathers – humans don’t

  • Nigel Booth commented on July 1, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Feathers are primitive and dirty to sleep with encouraging mites into the bed and into your hair and body. Go nylon for hygiene. It’s the moral thing to do.

  • Maureen woodhouse commented on July 1, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    It’s the 21st century act like it!!!!!

  • Lisa jones commented on July 1, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I think it’s vile evil to inflict so much pain on an innocent geese. How you could ever allow this to happen? The world is watching I won’t be buying anymore down anymore. I will spread this message you make me sick because the it boils down to money so that’s where you’ll get hurt when people stop buying from you

  • Douglas Ellison commented on July 1, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    How can any human being be so cruel?

  • Douglas Ellison commented on July 1, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    How can human beings be so cruel?

  • Carmel Gagne commented on July 1, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    There are so many alternatives now without using feathers from these poor birds. It is so cruel it would be like somebody stripping a piece of skin off our body. For god sake please stop this barbaric cruelty and use an alternative that doesn’t hurt any animal.

  • liz commented on July 1, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    disgusting practice stop this

  • Muriel Servaege commented on July 1, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    It’s horrifying. Please, please, stop using feathers. We can do without.

  • Vivien Clifford commented on July 1, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    I have never bought duvets etc with down or feathers because I didn’t want products from the slaughter house, but wasn’t aware that birds were plucked live. It is like having your hair pulled out, so I shall spread the word.

  • Kathy commented on July 1, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Awful…….

  • June Smith commented on July 1, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Please stop using feathers ..we do not need them ..this is a disgustingly cruel trade.

  • Monica Molina commented on July 2, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Please stop being cruelty towards innocent animals now is many ways to make pillows with out hurting these animals please be compassionate care person. Think that you won’t like others to hurt your children or family, be a good example to your kids show them how to be compassionate and not a killer.thanks

  • cheryl Allen commented on July 2, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Down is very comfortable but its not worth the agony that the birds undure

  • cath parker commented on July 2, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Synthetic materials are actually much healthier for us. They do the job of keeping us warm and there are absolutely no reasons to use feathers these days as there are better alternatives. Keep cruelty off the shelf.

  • Brian Gookey commented on July 2, 2016 at 10:49 am

    There are plenty of man made alternatives.

  • June King commented on July 2, 2016 at 11:23 am

    WIthout your help most people wouldn’t know about the vile cruelty involved to produce feathers for quilts, pillows etc. THere are excellent choices for alternatives.

  • jeanne gunning commented on July 2, 2016 at 11:49 am

    this sickening and barbaric practice must be stopped. I want no part of any product that involves the use of such cruel inhumane treatment of such lovely creatures

    • Deedee commented on August 11, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Is there ever a right way when suffering is the only way to have their skin, their bodies, their bodily secretions, their hair, their horns, their life’s, what are we doing. I agree with you Peter.

  • sophia commented on July 2, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    stop animal cruelty, please shut down all those factories

  • Alison Lightfoot commented on July 2, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    It’s so sad to think we live in a world that has people who care so little for the pain they’re putting animals through. Why? It’s so unnecessary. They’d only need to have someone to inflict the same level of pain on them once to know how much it hurts!

  • Sheila Merry commented on July 2, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    KEEP THE FEATHERS ON THE BIRDS! YOU DO NOT NEED THEM IN YOUR BEDS, QUILTS OR PILLOWS!!!

  • Leslie Mercer commented on July 3, 2016 at 2:07 am

    No no and no. This is horrible!!! This animal tortue must stop. How would you like having this done to you?

  • ruby cane commented on July 3, 2016 at 3:03 am

    speechless, all this is painful crap!

  • Frances Bell commented on July 3, 2016 at 5:38 am

    There is no need to use feathers – which look much better on birds than they do in pillows or duvets. We have enough cruelty free alternatives. Feathers are not a luxury item… they are a sign of insensitivity, ignorance and arrogance in those who insist on buying them.

  • Carol commented on July 3, 2016 at 7:04 am

    If I did’nt see this cruelty I would not believe the absolutely abhor ant way these birds are treated horrendous display of unnecessary. suffering all should know exactly how feathers are extracted from birds and then decide if we want down coats bedding etc.I for one never will it’s cruel , unacceptable and we really don’t need fur, feathers Or skin products with great synthetic products to replace them. One day people will regret how they treat other species absolutely shocking. Please stop this sick abuse.

  • Sharron Fairgrieve commented on July 3, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    I had no idea the feathers were torn from the birds but I didn’t think they naturally fell either as greed, money & animals never have natural anything or kind anything attached to taking or using animals for any produce that requires the use of animals! I did think that the feathers were taken after the birds were slaughtered though…This is a vulgar practice & won’t be using anything with feathers inside…i think this should be banned as its 2016 not 1800’s where we have no other alternatives!! X

  • Debbie hawkins commented on July 8, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I don’t use anything to do with animals as I know how cruelly these beautiful animals are treated and there is no need for it .It is disgusting and why do people think they are better than animals I just don’t understand it.we are the cruellest animals on the planet and shame on us.I am ashamed of our race

  • Alexandra Maran commented on July 19, 2016 at 3:12 am

    There are cheaper and cruelty free alternatives to dress your bed. No need to make geese and ducks suffer.

  • Sharron Fairgrieve commented on August 2, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Shocking abuse! Wld it be right to tear the hair from our heads and sew up big tears in our heads with thread whilst no aesthetic given. I think not this needs to be banned. What an awful world we live in & to think its not as if we have a lack of understanding that the animals are in extreme pain! This is 2016 not the 1900’s. This must stop…

  • Moira commented on August 2, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Please please stop this cruelty there is no need. How can civilised humans do this?

  • Janis commented on August 15, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Such another awful horrific cruelty on the animal kingdom. China needs to listen to the World on animal welfare issues. Thank you PETA for exposing this barbaric trade and Lucy for supporting.

  • malc commented on October 6, 2016 at 5:33 am

    She wears leather

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