Live Feather Plucking
Geese are plucked in many countries around the world. The aim is to gain a maximum amount of feathers and down from the live animal.
Brigades of pieceworkers pluck the animals (plucking is also called harvesting or gathering) to produce the most expensive and high quality down. Down from the plucked old parent animals, in particular, is very popular and solely used for premium products. During the plucking the animals are often injured and the wound is stitched without using anaesthetics.
Down from live animals is mainly produced in China and Hungary. Live geese plucking does also take place in Poland, Germany, Russia and the Ukraine. In some countries, such as China, ducks are also used. Live plucking is banned in the EU, yet still continues, dressed up as 'moult plucking' or gathering.