Do you know the origin of the feathers inside your duvet or quilt?
If you are looking for a new duvet or quilt with nice Geese down, you might think IKEA would be a good place to have a look? Well you'd best look somewhere else, or decide on an extra blanket.
IKEA is the first retailer to stop the sale of Geese down, after an undercover investigation on the way Live Geese are being plucked in the most horrible conditions.
Swedish Television and Four Paws showed images of how rough the birds are being handled, and how the skin is just torn off, often creating big wounds which are stitched without sedative.
Just read this and you will probably as angry as I am at this moment.
Elsewhere on their website the Four Footers reported in August this year, that1.5 million Geese have been saved in Hungary from this kind of treatment, thanks to an EU ban.
I will be sleeping sound again underneath our blanket, sure that no birds have been stripped of their coat. (If only I could get to sleep so easily!)
LEAVE YOUNG BIRDS BE!!
Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!
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