Goose jacket: a garment to be abolished?
Did you really think goose feathers that fill our duvets and jackets were born on the trees as the leaves? And as the autumn leaves they fall? In the major part of Europe, goose feathers are taken in the illegality of a practice that is unfortunately widespread in all the EU, the first responsible for the absence of controls.
The geese are plucked from goose when animals are still alive: a terrible suffering that is repeated several times until the animal dies or is unable to produce feathers of “quality”.
The practice is extremely violent: 2 minutes to hand plucking a goose adult and get about 200 grams of feathers. Animals are plucked for the first time when they are only eight weeks old: they are still chicks and feathers are softer.
They are hanged by the neck, with tied legs, and plucking began while writhing and screaming in pain. At about eight months of life, when the quality of the feathers begins to suffer, most of the geese are killed and their meat sold.
How to avoid this cruelty? First of all is important to choose only brand that assure no illegal treatments are done by their industries: Moncler is one of those brands.
Once chosen that, the next question is to ask ourselves if the “real down” is really synonymous of quality products. Most of the European brands do not always use high-quality feathers for their products. In any case, apart from the quality of the foam (that varies according to the level of the plumage maturation), there are products that can offer a comfort of same level.
To be of good quality, is important to tests products according on two variables: “Thermal Resistance” (as the product keeps you warm) and “evaporative resistance” (transpiration).
Going back to the goose feather plucking, the already said Moncler has been called into question, the official press release is clear: “Moncler uses only high quality feather, purchased from suppliers contractually obliged to ensure compliance of principles for the protection of animals, as reported by Code of Ethics. Feather suppliers of the company are all based in Italy, France and North America.”
To buy genuin, high quality and legal goose feather filled-in products, is also important to choose the right vendor: websites selling Moncler down jackets online such as Fabbriboutiques and Harvey Nichols are the safest bet.