Urge The North Face to Stop Selling Down

Few years back when I first bough a North Face jacket for some USD 250, I was actually very proud to own it because of the name associated with it. Never had imagine where they got what they got from. After knowing how it is produced I feel guilty for purchasing it.

Please check out this important information about The North Face, then urge the company to stop selling down.

The North Face stuffs its jackets and sleeping bags with feathers from birds who are force-fed for the cruel production of foie gras. Force-feeding is a painful process in which birds have tubes rammed down their throats and their stomachs pumped so full of corn mush that their livers swell to as much as 10 times their normal size. Foie gras producers boost their profits by selling the feathers from these force-fed birds.

Other birds used for down are often pinned down as hurried workers yank fistfuls of feathers from the birds’ sensitive bodies while they are still alive, often plucking them so violently that they rip open the birds’ delicate skin, and then sew up the gaping wounds using a needle and thread and no painkillers.

The vast majority of birds used for down spend their entire lives in crowded, filthy conditions on factory farms. When they are sent to slaughter, their throats are slit–often while fully conscious–and many are scalded to death in defeathering tanks. All down comes from birds who suffer and die violently and painfully.

  • Make sure that your voice is heard by calling The North Face President Todd Spaletto at 510-618-3500 and telling him why you’re so upset that The North Face is still selling down.
  • Please also consider mailing a message to Mr. Spaletto:

Todd Spaletto
The North Face
2013 Farallon Dr.
San Leandro, CA 94577



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