For Immediate Release:
20 December 2016

Sexy PETA Supporters Put On Daring Display in Birtinya

Sunshine Coast – Wearing little more than Santa hats and holding a banner that read, “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Down”, three daring supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) descended on the Birtinya branch of Kathmandu on Tuesday to ask the company to stop using cruelly obtained down feathers in its products.

“There’s simply no guarantee that the feathers inside any down jacket weren’t ripped out of a screaming goose”, says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. “We’re asking Kathmandu to be kind to geese and ducks this Christmas and all year round by using superior synthetics instead.”

While Kathmandu claims to use “100% ethically sourced” feathers that are certified by the “Responsible Down Standard” (RDS), PETA affiliates visited farms connected to RDS-certified companies in China – the country from which Kathmandu obtains its down – and uncovered shocking cruelty that casts serious doubt on this certification. Eyewitnesses saw workers rip the feathers out of fully conscious geese, leaving open, bloody wounds.

So far, more than 70,000 supporters of PETA and its affiliates have written to Kathmandu asking it to stop selling down.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – notes that many major international brands, including Topshop, ASOS, Primark, and Dr Martens, have stopped selling down in favour of high-tech synthetics that are compassionate, warm, hypoallergenic, and insulating even when wet.

For more information about the cruelty of the down industry, please visit Broadcast quality footage is available here.