What if we told you that someone was violently killed for your winter coat? That’d be pretty awful, right? You wouldn’t be caught dead wearing something made from such horrific, needless cruelty, would you?
Most people would answer with an honest, resounding “NO,” but if you own a down jacket made by The North Face, your answer might, unfortunately, surprise you.
The North Face stuffs many of its jackets and sleeping bags with feathers taken from birds who have tubes rammed down their throats to produce foie gras. Other birds used for down are often pinned down while workers pluck fistfuls of feathers from their sensitive bodies, often so violently that workers rip open the birds’ delicate skin.