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Down at any cost?

Production year: 2009 | 1*46 | Genres: Current Affairs
With a hidden camera, faked company name and false identities we intend to map out the down industry.
Origin country: Sweden
Production company: TV4 AB
Original title: Dun
Original language: English
Formats: SD

Within the European Union, it is illegal to pluck down from living birds. Despite that fact, reporter has gained information that most of the down available on the market comes from birds plucked alive. Rumors are gathering - is there an illegal market of down trade.

With a hidden camera, faked company name and false identities we intend to map out the down industry.

What they will find out is a large scale industry based on plain and pure animal cruelty. In this documentary we’ll reveal the true story behind the down industry.

-This is like pulling the hair out of a human being. We are talking pure animal torture here. This is qualified torture. - Johan Beck Friis, veterinarian

The majority of the down in the world comes from three nations, China, Poland and Hungary. In this documentary, sites in all three countries are visited.

Companies like IKEA, JYSK among others, relay on their contract with their suppliers, stating the down is plucked from dead geese. The origin of the down is difficult to track down due to several middle hands.

The official version is that there is no live-plucked down, down from birds that have been plucked of its down and feathers alive, coming out of China. The official down industry research organization, International Down and Feather Laboratory, IDFL, claims that all of it comes from birds after slaughter.


This program is featured in the following article(s):

CBS USA focuses on Goose Down (May 2010)

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