The Major UK Brands That Are Ditching Down

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Down – the feathers that some companies use to stuff jackets, duvets, pillows and sleeping bags – is often obtained by ripping out struggling geese’s feathers by the fistful, leaving open, bloody wounds. It’s agony for the birds. And given the many cosy alternative materials that work as well or better, it’s completely unnecessary, too.

After a shocking recent PETA US and PETA Asia eyewitness investigation revealed that even so-called “responsibly sourced” down may be linked to suppliers that use live plucking to obtain feathers, brands have been rushing to distance themselves from this unethical product.

These are the companies we’ve heard from so far that are promising to keep down out of all their future collections – and the list grows every week:

  • Adolfo Dominguez
  • ASOS (own-brand labels)
  • Boohoo
  • Burton
  • Cath Kidston
  • Dorothy Perkins
  • Dr Martens
  • Evans
  • Fat Face
  • Hobbs
  • Miss Selfridge
  • Nigel Hall Menswear
  • Oasis
  • Outfit
  • Primark
  • Reiss
  • Topshop and Topman
  • Wallis
  • Warehouse
  • Whistles
  • White Stuff

We thank all these retailers for doing the right thing for animals!

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Help us stop the abuse of birds for down. If your favourite brand isn’t on this list, or if you see a shop selling feather-filled items, please get in touch and ask them to adopt a down-free policy like the brands listed above. Share our hard-hitting video with them to help them understand why down-free fashion is the way forward.

Let us know if you’ve contacted a company by leaving a comment below!

Comments

  • Scarlett commented on July 12, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    What about Topshop / Topman? Why aren’t they on the list??? I’m shopping at ASOS from now on if they support this cruelty.

    • Karen Trimnell commented on July 16, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Good idea – how could any company still use down when they see the cruelty involved. Companies are responsible for knowing how their products are produced so they have no excuse I can only guess that they think that unnecessary cruelty is ok.

      • Sophia Howerton commented on July 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm

        Easy because they could care less about the suffering of the animals and can only see the dollar sign. Greed is their God but someday they WILL reap what they sow. What I have been doing for years is – never -buy anything with down and guess what? So not needed. Wonder how people who buy and wear this items cannot not stop to think about it or at least care to find out.

    • ELIZABETH MYLNE commented on July 16, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      And John Lewis and Marks and Spencer??

      • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 2:23 pm

        We haven’t heard from Marks & Spencer or John Lewis yet about their down-free policy yet. If possible you could give them a nudge in the right direction by contacting their customer services department. Pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products!

    • Christine Masters commented on July 18, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Each time I see something like this I despair of these companies, the cruelty involved is so horrific, I agree with Karen, these companies have no excuse and anything I ever see that alerts us to such cruelty goes on my list not to buy anything from that company again. Christine

    • duce dennis commented on July 19, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Well, I’LL be Plucked!

    • M. Wareham commented on July 26, 2016 at 8:19 am

      I see them on the list.

    • Anne commented on August 1, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      This is just such cruelty the agony these birds endure, this must be STOPPED!

      • LOUISE commented on August 9, 2016 at 5:48 am

        PLEASE HELP STOP THIS TOTALLY UNNECESSARY PAIN TO OUR ANIMAL FRIENDS! please!!!!!

    • Jean steel commented on August 8, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      I will only purchase man made fibres , I wouldn’t consider ever purchasing duck down products given the cruelty these birds have to endure.

  • Zack commented on July 12, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    River Island – haven’t they banned down? Just spent a lot of money with them at the weekend. All of it is going back if they aren’t prepared to take a stand against this kind of cruelty.

    • sue higgins commented on July 30, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      well done you as all these shops can’t keep lying to us anymore …..

  • Beth commented on July 13, 2016 at 11:37 am

    So does this mean Topshop, New Look, Ted Baker, Urban Outfitters, etc HAVENT banned down??? I’ll never give them my cash again if they don’t stop supporting this cruelty.

  • Sophia commented on July 13, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    My mum was looking at ‘down’ duvets in Debenhams recently and was horrified when I showed her the investigation on my phone. The sales assistant watched it too and was really upset that they are supporting this cruelty. No more shopping at Ted Baker or Jack Wills for me then.

  • Vivienne commented on July 13, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    LOVE ASOS! Really disappointed in the others not on the list though. How could anyone watch that footage and not ban this cruelty?!

  • Harriet Barclay commented on July 13, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    I agree with Beth, crazy that Primark is on there but other retailers who are supposed to have ethical standards like H&M and Topshop aren’t.

    Lets hope these brands realise fast that consumers don’t want to buy clothes that geese (or any other animal for that matter) were tortured to make.

  • Tabitha Metcalfe commented on July 14, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Have just contacted Richard Haworth…A company supplying the hotel industry. They sell down duvets and pillows. I wonder what reply I will get?…..

  • Ann silva commented on July 14, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    John Lewis duvets?

    • Eileen Grassick commented on July 16, 2016 at 8:23 am

      I wrote to John Lewis , got an answer within hours . They do not use feathers from live animals , only as a result of the food trade . I then recieve do a SECOND reply , again assuring me of their committment to animal welfare and again stating they do not use feathers from live animals . Well impressed with their speedy replies!!!!! Got no reply from M& S , shocking !!!!

      • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 2:53 pm

        Hi Eileen, thanks so much for contacting John Lewis and M&S about this issue. The problem is that due to the murky international supply chain it is almost impossible to label down as “responsibly sourced”. The best way to avoid contributing the cruelty is to choose down-free alternatives: http://www.peta.org.uk/living/ditch-choose-feather-free-products-instead/

      • natasha commented on August 24, 2016 at 5:30 pm

        result of food trade feathers ,that is all right is it ?
        No it is not it is still cruel and cause lots of suffering.

        My very humble opinion .Tashy

    • Sarah Smith commented on July 16, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Just the Company which came into my mind too. They sell alot of natural filled bedding….

      • Belinda James commented on July 18, 2016 at 2:36 pm

        I am contacting them , so go girls, the more the better?!

      • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 12:24 pm

        It would be wonderful if you could give them a nudge in the right direction by contacting their customer services department. Pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products!

    • Sarah Smith commented on July 16, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      I have just emailed JLP customercare to ask if they can guarantee that for their large rannge of natural down-filled bedding, the down is not plucked from live birds.
      I have told them about PETA’s disturbing article and want to make their buyers aware of the source of their products.

      • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 2:44 pm

        Thank you for contacting JLP about down Sarah!

  • c commented on July 14, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Liberty stuffs all their jackets, coats & gilets with Down

  • Lorraine McKenzie commented on July 14, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    What about Marks & Spencer?
    Not bought anything with down in it for a few years now

    • Ruby commented on July 14, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      We have not received a commitment from Marks & Spencer that they will not use down in their future collections.

  • Lena Chenery commented on July 14, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Please can we have a list of the companies still using it so we can boycott them!

    • Bonnie Towles commented on July 15, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      I, too, would like such a list. Also a list of the Chinese and other suppliers … especially those none to use inhumane practices.

      • Bonnie Towles commented on July 15, 2016 at 9:27 pm

        sorry, I meant “known” not none.

  • moira brabender commented on July 14, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Marks & Spencer, of all people, should be shouting it from the rooftops . that they will NOT be using down pulled from these poor geese. They always say they are Ethical so why no reply to Ruby’s comment? It is discusting to use down from live birds. I never have used down or feathers in anything and it’s about time, information was printed on items telling consumers where this down was sourced and how.

  • Val Elliot commented on July 14, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Uniqlo…..? The Wool Room do wonderful wool duvets, All natural and sustainable.

    • Alara Joyner commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Hi Val, yes they do!
      I have bought goose in the past, but as I’ve become more aware, when I needed new bedding 2 years ago, I bought from the wool room. Best ever!

      • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 3:29 pm

        Hi Alara. Thanks for choosing to buy a down alternative. Unfortunately wool can also cause harm to the sheep who are sheered: http://www.peta.org.uk/issues/animals-not-wear/wool/
        The best choice if you want to avoid animal cruelty is to buy a synthetic duvet: http://www.peta.org.uk/living/ditch-choose-feather-free-products-instead/

      • natasha commented on August 24, 2016 at 5:35 pm

        Wool trade is barbaric as much as down trade, no difference except that sheep are suffering instead of goose!

        Any product that is coming from animals are paid with most horrendous suffering of animals.

    • Emma commented on July 16, 2016 at 11:54 am

      The wool trade is just as barbaric!

  • Wendy Priestley commented on July 14, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I contacted Fogarty about their nedding but they just sent back a standard letter saying all their feathers were ‘responsibly sourced”
    I pushed further and it looks like they have no idea where the feathers come ftom.

    • Pamela Johns commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      So typical of some of these companies. We must just keep on pestering them!

  • David Boylan commented on July 15, 2016 at 1:05 am

    As a regular hill-walker, I find it disappointing that I cannot see any outdoor brands in this list. I’m thinking of companies such as Rab, Mountain Equipment, Bergholt, The North Face, etc., as they all have down-filled products amongst their ranges.
    Are they also bring being contacted for their commitment to put a stop to this cruelty.

    • Daniel commented on July 15, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Let’s start contacting them David!

    • Victoria commented on July 16, 2016 at 10:25 am

      The retailers of outdoor clothing also need to agree to ban down – such as Go Outdoors, Cotswold Outdoor, Blacks, Millets and so on.

      • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 3:14 pm

        If possible you could give them a nudge in the right direction by contacting their customer services departments. Pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products!

    • Liz Hill commented on July 18, 2016 at 10:55 am

      I agree – where are the outdoor retailers on the list?. When I ask Millets staff they are completely unaware of the issue. Many of the big retailers of duvets are off the list too. I think you should publish a list of who hasnt made the pledge to use non cruel sources and publish some alternatives. As an alternative Devon Duvets do all wool duvets and toppers too.

      • Ruby commented on July 18, 2016 at 3:54 pm

        We haven’t heard from Millets yet about their down-free policy. Thank you for asking in store about this issue, and if possible you could give them a nudge in the right direction by contacting their customer services department. Pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products!

  • David Boylan commented on July 15, 2016 at 1:06 am

    *That should have read ‘Berghaus’

  • Sue Clayton commented on July 15, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Is there, in your opinion, a cruelty-free way of getting down? If we all boycott down, are the comparable alternatives (for warmth) any better in terms of the ultimate negative impact on animals – synthetics come from oil and the whole industry is detrimental to the environment and therefore animals.

    • Ruby commented on July 15, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks for your question Sue. When you buy down, there’s really no way of assuring it’s origin. Eighty per cent of the world’s down and feathers used for items like jackets, sleeping bags and bedding come from China, where horrendous abuse of ducks and geese has been uncovered: http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=50952
      The best way to help animals who are suffering in the down industry is to choose alternative materials. The environmental footprint of superior feather-free fillers – natural or synthetic – is minor when compared to the environmental devastation of factory farming, along with the high-powered vacuums and chemicals that are necessary to prevent the animal feathers from decomposing and rotting and are also highly toxic and carcinogenic.

      • Sue Clayton commented on July 15, 2016 at 7:34 pm

        Thanks. Have been buying synthetics for a while coz of allergies. But always fancied a down gillet…not to be then. Am allergic to wool, sadly.

      • natasha commented on August 24, 2016 at 5:37 pm

        Ruby ,you are the really lovely person and I wish you all the best.

        Tashy

    • Jayne Hartley commented on July 15, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Hi, I have not bought down-filled products for many years, since I found out that there are much better synthetic fillers on the market. Down is 1. expensive 2. hard to clean 3. hard to dry after washing 4. a perfect way to breed mites inside your duvet 5, heavy 6. not as good at insulation as many newer synthetics and lastly 7. cruel.

      • Chris commented on July 15, 2016 at 9:23 pm

        And may trigger asthma in someone allergic to feathers…But above all is the cruelty

  • Charles Dailly commented on July 15, 2016 at 8:16 am

    John Lewis ?

    • Vivien Cruickshank commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      I was also going to mention John Lewis.

  • Marian Vafiadis commented on July 15, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Lands End?. Yes, a list of companies dodging the issue would be good.

    • Pamela Johns commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Yes, a good idea as it would make choice so much easier.

  • Ninai Z commented on July 15, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    This issue needs to be raised further. Practically the whole of the fashion/furnishing industries are doing this. Or if not they are most deffinitely being duped as to the “humane” origins of the feather being used in bedding, clothing, cushions etc.
    Please could we organise something to really raise awareness of this HORRIFIC act.
    PETA please could you raise the profile of this situation and we need to challenge the John Lewis groups too for all the bedding they sell!

  • Bridget commented on July 15, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I haven’t bought Down for years, and have no problem with the artificial alternatives.
    In fact I try not to buy anything made in China, but these days it is increasingly more difficult.

  • Mary Hazzledine commented on July 15, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I won’t be buying anything with down in ever again.

  • alison commented on July 15, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    what about UNIQLO? They do down filled jackets and gilets.
    Is there no down supply that is guaranteed from slaughtered birds? Seems a shame to ban it all and waste this natural resource where humanely sourced….

  • Suzanne commented on July 15, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    I was actually considering a down duvet until I seen the cruelty put on these animals for their down. I won’t be buying down ever again. And I’ve stopped using lots of other animal by-products as well.

    • natasha commented on August 24, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Suzanne ,you are really someone to be admired.
      Thank you for your decision not to buy animals by-products .People like you give me a hope for better future concerning these planet and people and animals.

      Tashy

  • Gerard commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Great news. Well done guys!!!

  • ian rubery commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Perhaps the list could be developed into a table of “The Good”, “The Bad”, & “The Ugly (i.e. only promised, &/or don’t know)”.

  • Veronica Butler commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Hollow fibber is just as efficiant..there is no need what so ever to make these poor birds suffer.. i never buy anything that involves harming animals ..

  • Pamela Johns commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Have just e-mailed SoakandSleep as I have bought most of my duvets and pillows from them but will no longer do so as they are still using down and feathers

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      Thank you for contacting Soak and Sleep Pamela! Pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products.

  • Eleanor Wilson commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I’m not a major company, just a sole trader, but when I discovered the awful news about these poor birds I too ceased using feathers in my cushions. It’s wonderful that the big companies are coming on board but even the ‘little’ people like me can make a difference. I’m telling everyone I meet and will add a note on my website. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.
    Eleanor (EllyJules)

    • natasha commented on August 24, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Wish you all the best ,

      Tashy

  • esther commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    No one needs down anymore we have come along way with alternatives!!

  • Thelma jones commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    I would never buy anything filled with down.after seeing this film . Its disgusting

  • Julie Holmes commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    I had not realised until recently the hidden cruelty behind buying down. I contacted The North Face regarding their products in 2015 as I have a down North Face coat and they said …

    “As for the issue of live plucking, The North Face requires that our down does not come from geese that have been live plucked. We require self-reported declarations from 100 percent of our suppliers that the down they provided for our products is free from live plucking. We feel these declarations are only the first step in a much longer process of ensuring full traceability and verifying accountability across our supply chain.”

    This was from their response in March 2015. One problem is perhaps the self reported declaration leaves a loop hole some will take advantage of and enables some to turn a blind eye to what is really happening.

    I hope The North Face will use some of their profits to explore alternative fillings. As a market leader they are in a position to act and lead the way.

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks so much for contacting The North Face, pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products!

  • Sarah commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Why have you created this ad with a female wearing a bra? She’s in bed…pajamas please!

  • Sue Osborne-Allen commented on July 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I have shared this on face book after discovering it and have thrown away all my down filled pillows and duvets and bought fibre ones. I’m so sad that I didn’t know about this before. I don’t think people think about it – they just think its a by product of the meat trade – if they did no-one I know would buy anything filled with down. Does anyone know what John Lewis have said about it?

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks so much for ditching down Sue. We haven’t heard from John Lewis yet about their down-free policy yet. If possible you could give them a nudge in the right direction by contacting their customer services department.

  • Giacomina Laura Sheridan commented on July 15, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Thank goodness this terrible practice is being stopped. Now that I know about this awful cruelty, I will never buy anything that contains down. I don’t think people realise. It needs stopping altogether, as soon as humanly possible.

  • Shirin Ansari commented on July 15, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    We stopped buying down pillows, bedding, clothing!!! This video opened our eyes and made us mad!!!! Posted on Facebook

  • Rod Brown commented on July 15, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Home Bargains sell down pillows and duvets! I do not know their policy, but they are not on the list!

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks Rod. If possible you could give them a nudge in the right direction by contacting their customer services department. Pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products!

  • Barbara Seals commented on July 15, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I never buy down..first it’s cruel and also highly allergic.

  • BARBARA commented on July 15, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Thank goodness the word / education is getting out! Let’s keep it going.
    Folks, please just buy the artificial alternatives, as Bridget stated. What about cotton? And try to stay away from China, Korea [dogs and cats], and the list goes on….and any companies that use animals for profit!
    Keep showing those investigations clips to ‘people that do not know.’

  • Eddie Pawley commented on July 15, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Keep up the good work. Embarrass those companies like River Island and Debenams who are not boycotting those down suppliers still using such babarabic practices….

    All the best.

    Eddie of Perivale

  • Annie Regan commented on July 15, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    A reply from Marks and Spencer would be good, I spend a fair amount of money there on a regular basis. Will spend no more unless I know they uphold this ban Also, what about Tesco , Asda and all the other well known supermarkets, they all sell bedding. Are they on the list yet. I spend a lo of money at Tesco, but will find an alternative if they also don’t support this ban. I have never bought anything at all with down.

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks so much for your contating Marks & Spencer Annie. We haven’t heard from them yet about their down-free policy yet. Pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products!

  • Marilyn Williams commented on July 15, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Using down in clothing, blankets, comforters (the thought is not very comforting) and other articles is just to cruel to imagine. I have purchased products with down fillers and I am so sorry. It was before I became aware of the cruelty involved. The author and poet, Maya Angelou said “when you know better, you can do better.” Please, good people try down alternatives they are much better and more comforting.

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks so much for ditching down for kinder alternatives Marilyn!

  • Shelley commented on July 15, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    I am horrified to think that the lovely coats i bought from a brand at QVC shopping channel could have caused so much suffering to the birds.

    How do i send them the video to ask them to stop using down and feathers from these poor birds

  • Elaine commented on July 15, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    The only way to stop this is to hit them where it hurts. Their bank accounts. Spread the word and laugh as their income plummets

  • Irina Carnariu commented on July 15, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Pls stahp

  • Mia commented on July 15, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    It’s a very short list of companies who have agreed to not use down in their products.

    • BARBARA commented on July 18, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      You are right Mia; the list is short for any company that doesn’t use animal parts for fashion.
      I’m supporting and hoping that everyone will buy or make, alternatives for their clothing needs.
      And yes, let’s ‘try to stay away from any products’ from China, Korea and other countries that abuse animals!
      Money is the only thing that will get anyone’s attention.

  • Alice Dawson commented on July 15, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Very evil n disturbing!! PLZ STOP this practice!!!

  • Karin Marsh commented on July 15, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    So horrific, these sweet innocent animals are suffering beyond imagination. They are all so dependent of us, for the feeding and the care we can give them, and most of all the love that we can give them. They feel pain and joy just like we do. How can anyone that works in these places, go home at night with all that blood on them and get one ounce of sleep. How can they live with themselves? Why can’t this be shown on the news so that everyone knows what is going on. My heart brakes for every tortured animal, I would love to take them all in. How can this “human” race be so cruel!!!!
    t

    • priya commented on July 18, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      I feel exactly the same way you do. We all have to work together and do our part (peacefully) to stop this seemingly endless barbaric treatment of our animal friends.

  • Ann Moore commented on July 15, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    I never buy anything filled with down. There are definately other alternatives this day and age…. Share on facebook to let the world know where this down comes from. Soooo cruel !!!!!

  • Katie Hockenhull commented on July 15, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    No country/company should be allowed to get away with this any more! Stop using animal products once and for all. We do not need to make animals suffer like this! Governments must make a stand and ban animal abuse. We do not need to behave like a pre-historic man

  • Katie Hockenhull commented on July 15, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    No country/company should be allowed to get away with this any more! Stop using animal products once and for all. We do not need to make animals suffer like this! Governments must make a stand and ban animal abuse. Anybody involved in such abuse or even those turning a blind eye must be judged as criminals!!! We need tougher laws to stop animal abuse, it really cannot be allowed to continue any more. We should stop trading with countries/companies who are still allowing this to happen.

  • Conchita commented on July 15, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    A promise is… well just words. WE WANT ACTION! DO IT!

  • darcy commented on July 15, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    I am really surprised Marks&Spencer haven’t committed themselves to ditch down…….just the other day I was looking to their make-up,bath and creams free from animal testing……………..don’t know what to say.Disgusting that John Lewis is not on the list!

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      We haven’t heard from Marks & Spencer or John Lewis yet about their down-free policy yet. If possible you could give them a nudge in the right direction by contacting their customer services department. Pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products!

  • Katrina sherlock commented on July 15, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    This is a great start. Well done. I was horrified when I watched the video . I don’t buy Any Down products and haven’t for years. I share all Petas post to my Facebook. With seeing these horrific videos many people are unaware of how cruel and painful these practises are. Kat

  • Ruth commented on July 15, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Great to know but can we have the baddies named too as they do in Naturewatch guide on ethical & non ethical companies & brands. Surprised at M&S, they need a petition sent to them on this.Ditch down, too many allergy problems with it anyway so another good reason to abandon this cruel product . Any product that was once a living being in china will have been treated with great cruelty!

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      If possible you could give them a nudge in the right direction by contacting their customer services department. Pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products.

  • Colleen commented on July 15, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    No companies should use down!!!

  • Linda commented on July 15, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    North Face! John Lewis, Do we really need these feathers Do they really make you sleep better knowing the pain these creatures have gone through!!!!I will never buy a product of this sort, especially after seeing how these poor creatures are treated. I hope buy making more people aware that many more will also refrain from buying these products. look at the Fur industry and how that has declined by people like us trying to help these poor creatures.

  • Catherine Authers commented on July 16, 2016 at 12:50 am

    This us absolutely disgusting and unneccessary for the poor innocent geese – please stop this at once.

  • Alice commented on July 16, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Since I was informed how down is taken I have taken a pledge to myself and family to never PURCHASE any item containing down / feathers. This has been a horrific eye opener for me. I never dreamed these animals would pluck live birds.

    Please people follow suite.
    There are enough synthetic products on the market, torture is no longer necessary!!!!!!!

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks so much for ditching down Alice!

  • Linda Potter commented on July 16, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Well done for all your hard work we all hate animal cruelty. There is no need to make any bird or animal suffer. Ban fur ban feathers Ban bulk fighting! Every time I see a hat topped with fur I make a point of telling the shopkeeper I would never buy in that shop because of the fur hats. More people must do the same. Alternatives as you rightly say are out there.

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you for speaking out for animals Linda!

      • Alison McNicol commented on September 4, 2016 at 9:44 am

        I bought cushions from Dwell in Glasgow. Shocked to
        find feather down. I’ve complained to company and won’t shop there again till their name is on the list.

  • Clive Lewis commented on July 16, 2016 at 2:12 am

    I do not wish to disparage a company if I don’t have the full facts at my disposal but I do recollect that North Face were sourcing live-plucked goose feathers from an Hungarian farm a year or so ago.

  • Shirley Strang commented on July 16, 2016 at 5:35 am

    I have NEVER used down or feathers EVER ! Such cruelty is not to be condoned !

  • Helen Lymbery commented on July 16, 2016 at 8:07 am

    I personally feel we should all target M & S; after enough pressure they think again.
    Then if M & S were to change, others are more likely to follow suit.

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks Helen. It would be wonderful if you could give them a nudge in the right direction by contacting their customer services department. Pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products!

  • Grant commented on July 16, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Marks and Spencer in Charlton have admitted that they neither know nor care whether the feathers are sourced responsibly. I suggest we boycott M&S to focus their attention on this

  • Grant commented on July 16, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Marks and Spencer dont care – official from Charlton branch

  • Forty commented on July 16, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Sainsbury’s refused to confirm or deny when asked today whether their down duvets are sourced from establishments that pluck live fowl. Their manager admitted to me that he didn’t havea clue

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks so much for asking Sainsburys about their policy on down.

  • John Lumbard commented on July 16, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Probably like most people I had never considered the cruelty associated with source of down. The “responsibly sourced” labelling is clearly in some cases misleading. However there does seem to be one common denominator in so much animal suffering- China! Whether it’s cruel factory farming, the slaughtering of dogs for meat, the butchering of sharks for their fins or the illegal trade in ivory, tiger products or rain forest timber for consumption by their growing middle classes. Perhaps it’s time there was a boycott of all things made in China until such time as they truly put their “house in order”. 200 years ago the abolitionists managed to turn world trade on it’s head by abolishing slavery. China has become the centre of world manufacture. Today the issue is how we treat animals and the environment. We need to make the Chinese realise their current practices are not acceptable. How we do this in a global economy is our challenge.

  • janet commented on July 16, 2016 at 10:27 am

    john Lewis is where I bought my down quilt many, many moons ago. Before I knew about the cruelty. I suspect they need more pressure to persuade them to ban down products, Could Peta arrange a deluge of emails to John Lewis?

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      We haven’t heard from John Lewis yet about their down-free policy. It would be wonderful if you could give them a nudge in the right direction by contacting their customer services department. Pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products!

  • SUSAN AITKEN commented on July 16, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I have contacted Lands End to tell them that I no longer wish to be on their mailing list due concerns about the way their down obtained.

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you for speaking out Susan!

  • karen berwick commented on July 16, 2016 at 11:11 am

    What is wrong with people as they say they are human but have no humane blood in them. Slaughtering innocent animals for fashion is the lowest form of cruelty. Would these people like to have a bag or shoes made with the skin or fur of their pets?

  • lesley tabares commented on July 16, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Please can you supply a full list of outlets that sell feather and down so they can be boycotted unless they change this process

  • Sharon Douglas commented on July 16, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Any company that puts profit before compassion is NOT worth dealing with. Please think before you buy.

  • Raphaelle commented on July 16, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    A few years ago i bought a down duvet believing it was made from the waste from the poultry meat trade. I had no idea that animals would be bred purely for their down & then live plucked! What a cruel & barbaric practice – I am horrified!!

  • Lindsay McDougall commented on July 16, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Come on John Lewis and Waitrose. Where are you in all this?

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      We haven’t heard from John Lewis or Waitrose yet about their down-free policy. If possible you could give them a nudge in the right direction by contacting their customer services department. Pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products.

  • keith commented on July 16, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    This Government is quick to ban smoking inside buildings etc, but when it comes to things like this they sit on the fence so why don’t they get off their well paid backsides and have a UK ban on down, and then any compaines caught using it to stuff clothing etc then the Chairmans/Managing Directors can face a stiff fine or jail or both,
    Its shame we can’t boycott China.

  • Josephine Ansaldo-Nixon commented on July 16, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    I will never buy down again, this is sickening and totally disgusting. Poor little loves.

  • tina downing commented on July 16, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    glad to see that this petition is working keep up the good work PETA if it was not for you no of us would know thanks so much. If I buy anything down I will ask them where it came from I would rather be a bit colder than be a part of the cruel treatment, I we should also thank those companies who have signed up not to use this down

  • Karen Trimnell commented on July 16, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    All retailers are responsible for knowing how their products are produced so they have no excuse, I can only assume that they think that unnecessary cruelty is ok so only a boycott may make them see sense.

  • Dave and Rita Cross commented on July 16, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Boycott all businesses that exploit animals!!

    Thank you so much!

  • Ann commented on July 16, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Me too, have not bought anything with down in it for many years. In fact I need a new duvet and am considering a wool one. They are very expensive so I shall save over this summer (what is left of it) and hopefully ) I shall be able to buy a wool filled one. Nasty and barbaric process but then what do you expect, the Chinese are a barbaric nation.

  • Karen Dougherty commented on July 16, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Monsoon should ensure they do not use down after this footage!

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks Karen, if possible you could give them a nudge in their right direction by contacting their customer services department. Pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products!

  • Jackie White commented on July 16, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    As an outdoor type, I would like to have seen Cotswold store on the list, as they stock all the big outdoor wear brands, such as Mountain Gear, North Face, etc. I shall write to them to see if they are aware of this terrible trade. Also, the household shops, like House of Fraser, which sells feather pillows, duvets. I also DON’T BUY goods from China.

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you for reaching out to the company, let us know how they respond!

  • Teresa Walters commented on July 16, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Well done PETA ! You all are a huge inspiration for all of us !

  • j mason commented on July 16, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Progress = Ban Cruelty in 2016

    • priya commented on July 18, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      yay! and I would go further and say lets ban cruelty to animals forever!!

  • Helen Evans commented on July 16, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Peta are you going to target the companies mentioned in the comments?

    • Ruby commented on July 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Hi Helen, we are in the process of contacting many UK companies to ask them to change their policies on down. If you see down for sale, please give the company a push in the right direction by making them aware of the cruelty involved in this industry.

  • Gwen commented on July 16, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I haven’t bought Down in ten years. When I tell people that I don’t use Down, they ask me, why not? I tell them that the animals are treated very cruelly. They shrug their shoulders and say “oh.” It’s strange – a lot of my friends are Republicans and meat eaters, while I’m a liberal democrat and a vegan. Sometimes it’s difficult to broach certain topics.

  • Maria commented on July 16, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    UNICLO have a lot of down jackets.
    We need to stop them.
    I am happy to join any event to highlight the cruelty to the birds .Please, let me know when this will take palce.

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks Maria. If possible you could Uniqlo a nudge in their right direction by contacting their customer services department. Pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products!

  • Michelle I commented on July 17, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    John Lewis

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Please give them a nudge in their right direction by contacting their customer services department. Pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products!

  • Janice Aedy commented on July 17, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    What about QVC goose-down duvets that they rave about? I’ve bought loads of things from them in the past but will never buy anything ever again from them if they are guilty of this and don’t stop!

    • Ruby commented on July 18, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      We haven’t heard from QVC yet about their down-free policy. It would be wonderful if you could give them a nudge in the right direction by contacting their customer services department. Pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products!

  • N ray Turner commented on July 17, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    What human beings could commit such cruelty to an animal.
    ihope & pray no body buys anything with these poor birds feathers.
    I’ve never tried anything with feathers & there’s no need for them in this day& age.

  • carol sullivan commented on July 17, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    No need for this….degusting … just imagine having yr hair ripped out..poor poor birds… wot an exstitance..

  • julie clee commented on July 17, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Thankyou

  • Christina Trim commented on July 17, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    I purchased a duvet from Linens Ltd who supply Surrey Down duvets. Noticed on their box in small print they source down from China so I sent them an email. They replied that they don’t use live plucked feathers. Same with Out of Eden (a hospitality company) also confirming they don’t support this cruel industry.

    • Ruby commented on July 18, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Hi Christina, thanks so much for contacting companies about this issue. The problem is that due to the murky international supply chain it is almost impossible to label down as “responsibly sourced”. The best way to avoid contributing the cruelty is to choose down-free alternatives: http://www.peta.org.uk/living/ditch-choose-feather-free-products-instead/

  • Rosemary day commented on July 17, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    It’s barbaric how can anyone do this

  • Donna Evans commented on July 18, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Have you checked with Vila? Have never noticed down in their shop but I can’t say they don’t use it.

  • Lindsay commented on July 18, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Lands End claim that they only use down that is the by product of the egg industry. I don’t know if it possible to verify this. They have an animal welfare policy.

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Lindsay, thank you for contacting Lands End about this issue. The problem is that due to the murky international supply chain it is almost impossible to label down as “responsibly sourced”. The best way to avoid contributing the cruelty is to choose down-free alternatives: http://www.peta.org.uk/living/ditch-choose-feather-free-products-instead/

  • Beverley Clowes commented on July 18, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Is there a law that prevents such barbaric practices being shown on TV? I`m sure that the more that people see, the more they could act. This includes any form of torture and cruelty to any animal.

    • BARBARA commented on July 19, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Excellent idea! You don’t have to get too graphic, because there are children watching [keep people interested], but enough where any adult would get the message and show a site to logged into, that would illustrate more on this matter of cruelty verses fashion/ comfort. It’s an educational issue of knowing as well.

  • Lynne D commented on July 18, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I will never buy anything with down in it again. This is terrible!

  • Yvette Peacock commented on July 18, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Completely heart breaks that these gentle animals have to endure this treatment

  • Jan Hamilton commented on July 18, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I am sick and disgusted at the plight of these poor geese. It is so cruel and despicable. When I think how much money my family spend in a few of those shops! I will certainly ask them not to spend any more until they stop selling items containing Down ripped from the these innocent geese so cruelly. God did not put these lovely creatures on this earth to suffer. This must be stopped.

  • lynn holdship commented on July 18, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    I would like a response regarding how Northern Nights who are advertising solely in this country on QVC obtain their down filled products

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks Lynn. If possible you could give them a nudge in the right direction by contacting their customer services department. Pressure from customers is a great way to persuade companies to stop selling unethical products.

  • Kanto commented on July 18, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I contacted Uniqlo as I felt concerned about their use of down feathers, and also because they weren’t on the list. I sent them links to PETA’s investigations also. They told me that they don’t use live plucked feathers and they “aim to ensure all materials are sourced in an ethical manner”. It wasn’t entirely convincing though so I’ve questioned them further!

    • Ruby commented on July 19, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks so much for contacting Uniqlo about down Kanto.

  • Bev Porter commented on July 18, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Sickening such cruelty

  • Jan Mair commented on July 18, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Stop this unnecessary cruelty to animals

  • Carol Sheehy commented on July 20, 2016 at 10:50 am

    After watching this, I will not buy another product containing Down again. I’m disgusted by how cruelly these poor birds are treated. Thank you for educating people like me, with films like this. I wish you every success in your.quest to get this vile process banned.

  • lesley commented on July 20, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Totally barbaric and unnessicary their are fabric alternatives I will neverv buy feather and down things …and won’t shop at places that sell it .

  • Lisa robinson commented on July 21, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Ikea sells goose down comforters

    • Ruby commented on July 21, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Thanks Lisa. If possible you could give them a nudge in the right direction by contacting their customer services department!

  • Emma Davies commented on July 21, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    What about marks&spencers?

    • Ruby commented on July 22, 2016 at 11:51 am

      We haven’t heard from Marks & Spencer yet about their down-free policy yet. If possible you could give them a nudge in the right direction by contacting their customer services department!

  • Patti mellini commented on July 22, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Is absolutely, or early, appalling and disgusting and Despicable that any person that calls himself or herself human would ever allow or approve or purchase anything having to do with the plucking of a live animal. They oughta be ashamed of themselves. It is just absolutely unfathomable that this could be even true but it is

  • dee uscroft commented on July 22, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    This is one very sad, messed up world. Those poor animals, suffering, for what? It’s barbaric. We as a human race should protect them. Hopefully, sharing this horrific trade will end it forever.

  • sARAH wATSON commented on July 30, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    What about Asda ( george) and Tesco (F & F)

    • Ruby commented on August 1, 2016 at 10:59 am

      We haven’t heard from Asda or Tesco yet about their down-free policy. If possible you could give them a nudge in the right direction by contacting their customer services department.

  • Maria Karlsson commented on August 1, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I ask you to please STOP the abuse of these divine living beings. I will together with others put an efforts in letting the world know about the way your company treat these birds.

  • Shasheni commented on August 1, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Plz dont do this.stop

  • Jenny Sanders commented on August 1, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I believe QVC Northern Nights sell down duvets, can you tell me whether these are live plucked or not?

  • Elaine Hughes commented on August 1, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Again china is in the spot light they are not showing their country in a good light

  • Debz Jones commented on August 2, 2016 at 12:27 am

    I have contacted SILENT NIGHT over their use of down for duvets, their response is that they source their down ethically as it is taken from an animal used in the meat industry!!!. I told them that this was still unacceptable and they said they would get back to me on this issue, of course, they haven’t!!!, So I will send the email again!!!.

    • Ruby commented on August 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks so much for contacting Silent Night about this issue!

      • Daniel commented on August 3, 2016 at 7:25 pm

        Gr8 work Debz. Keep it up.

  • Lesley Spires commented on August 2, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I’m concerned that Uniglo is not on the list. I’ve stopped buying down anyway but I love this shop and would hate to think their very popular down products are sourced in this way.

    • Ruby commented on August 2, 2016 at 11:59 am

      We haven’t heard from Uniqlo yet about their down-free policy yet. If possible you could give them a nudge in the right direction by contacting their customer services department!

  • moira brabender commented on August 6, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I congratulate the businesses that have swerved away from using cruelty down for their their products. The buyers of companies that haven’t responded should make their buyers personally visit the source of where down is coming from and witness for themselves, the cruelty involved to the poor ducks. can you imagine someone pulling your hair out every time it is needed for a jacket or coat or quilt etc. AGONY. Stop it now and tell us, the customers where and how the down was sourced.

  • Amelia commented on August 11, 2016 at 11:10 am

    I have emailed the White Company and Lululemon’s press offices. Hopefully they issue a response.

  • Kathleen Smith commented on August 13, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I contacted Sainsburys ages ago to ask if they use ‘live plucked ‘ feathers in their duvets and pillows and they assured me that they didn’t .

    • Ruby commented on August 16, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Hi Kathleen, thanks so much for contacting Sainsbury’s about this issue. The problem is that due to the murky international supply chain it is almost impossible to label down as “responsibly sourced”. The best way to avoid contributing the cruelty is to choose down-free alternatives: http://www.peta.org.uk/living/ditch-choose-feather-free-products-instead/

  • Deb commented on August 13, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Is there a petttion to sign must be stopped.

  • Kim notton commented on August 20, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Please stop this cruelty, no need to cause this suffering, heartbreaking

  • Lisa commented on August 21, 2016 at 12:00 am

    I’ve contacted Rab. I await their response and let you know.

    • Ruby commented on August 22, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Thanks Lisa!

  • Julia commented on August 27, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I agree this is awful and given the uncertainty of whether feathers can ever be ethically sourced I think it’s important to raise this with sofa manufacturers also – I am currently shopping for a sofa and many companies (especially high end) use feathers to fill sofa backs and seat cushions as well as scatter cushions. When you think of the volume required, that is a lot of dead birds or horrifically tortured ones. I have emailed Habitat customer service and will also do that for sofa.com

  • Mark commented on September 5, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Dear PETA,

    Great work (although heart breaking to watch) and thank you for raising this to the forefront of peoples minds. I am appalled and disgusted by this well hidden practice and how it is supported by the retailers who purchase down. Even worse is those who continue when they know this….I have written to John Lewis and M & S today…..lets see what they come back with.

    Mark

    • Ruby commented on September 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Thanks so much for contacting retailers about down Mark, let us know what they have to say about this issue!

      • Mark commented on September 5, 2016 at 11:03 am

        [08:42:07] Jyotsna: Hi, this is Jyotsna, welcome to M&S Live Chat. How may I help you today?
        [08:42:56] Mark Anderson: DEAR M & S, I HAVE BEEN MADE AWARE OF THE HORRORS OF DOWN PRODUCTION AND HOW THESE POOR BIRDS ARE PLUCKED ALIVE FOR THEIR FEATHERS BY CHINESE WORKERS. DO YOU SELL PRODUCTS WITH DOWN ? I ATTACH THE LINK…..
        [08:43:29] Mark Anderson: http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/major-uk-brands-ditching-down/?moderated=283128#comment-283128
        [08:44:04] Mark Anderson: THERE IS A CAMPAIGN IN THE UK TO WHICH COMPANIES CAN SIGN UP – SHOWING COMMITAL TO NOT USE DOWN PRODUCTS
        [08:44:15] Mark Anderson: I AM A CUSTOMER OF M AND S AND WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOUR PLANS ARE
        [08:44:36] Jyotsna: Mark, I’ll check the information for you.
        [08:44:42] Mark Anderson: THANKS
        [08:48:18] Jyotsna: Mark, I’ve just checked and we don’t sell products with down. We won’t be involved in anything like that.
        [08:49:10] Jyotsna: We have a animal welfare policy. You can take a look at it below:
        [08:50:27] Mark Anderson: brilliant ! 🙂
        [08:51:17] Jyotsna: Don’t worry, we will do take proper care about the sources of the products used.

      • Ruby commented on September 5, 2016 at 4:59 pm

        Thanks Mark! Unfortunately M&S are still selling down products. We will look into this further.
        Thanks for sharing their response with us,
        Ruby

  • Mark commented on September 5, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Have just heard back from M and S and apparently they don’t sell down…..interesting

  • Mark commented on September 5, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Ruby – if this is the case, I am outraged…..go get them….

    Mark

  • Kayeigh Whittle commented on September 10, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    This is down right disgraceful!!

  • Trevor Fry commented on September 11, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Would QVC Please reply to this question , DO YOU USE DOWN PLUCKED FROM LIVE ANIMALS..YES or NO

  • emma commented on October 5, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I saw a Topshop puffa jacket that said real down on the label, just curious as to why you guys say they are cruelty free?

    • Ruby commented on October 17, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Hi Emma,
      Taking a look at these products on the Topshop website, they do not appear to actually contain down feathers. It is a bit confusing considering the name of the item! Thanks for letting us know.

  • Tracy Kirkley commented on October 6, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I have written to Kathmandu ( New Zealand Brand ) to ask …and as a customer will not buy goosedown again, until I know ite is cruelty free….

  • Sarah Egholm commented on October 8, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Contacted John Lewis. They were very helpful but after numerous calls, say they unfortunately have no plans to withdraw the sale of feather down. After they researched the issue and replied, they say their suppliers all source from dead birds and none are live plucked. Live or dead makes no difference in my opinion : all animals are sentient beings and should not be exploited and killed by humans for any purpose.

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