Photos: PETA ‘Birds’ Ruffle London Fashion Week’s Feather-Wearers

Photos: PETA ‘Birds’ Ruffle London Fashion Week’s Feather-Wearers

London – To protest the use of feathers at London Fashion Week, a flock of PETA supporters made Millennium Bridge their catwalk today. With bird masks and exposed “bloodied and plucked” chests, they highlighted the plight of birds whose feathers are torn out for fashion garments and accessories.

Photos from the action are available here.

“Plumage belongs on the gentle birds born with it, and humans have no right to tear it from them by the handful,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA urges everyone to make a fashion statement the kind way, with fabulous vegan textiles.”

An eyewitness investigation into the largest ostrich slaughter companies in the world showed that workers forcibly restrain young ostriches, electrically stun them, and then cut their throats. Moments later, the feathers are torn from the birds’ still-warm bodies before they’re skinned and dismembered. Other birds exploited and killed for their feathers include chickens, turkeys, peacocks, emus, and pheasants. Many of them endure a life of misery on factory farms, confined to spaces so small and crowded that they’re forced to stand in their own waste, before being hauled to the abattoir. Ducks and geese used for their feathers often endure live-plucking, during which feathers are torn from their bodies while they are fully conscious, resulting in open wounds and broken wings.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.


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