Tell Home Decor Company to Stop Using Inhumane Down

Birds Friedrich Mulln

Target: Joseph Zeiden, Co-Founder and President of Z Gallerie

Goal: End Z Gallerie’s use of down feathers.

The home decor company Z Gallerie uses down feathers in many of their products. Birds used for down are typically force fed to end up as foie gras or are live plucked. The birds usually lived in overcrowded and dirty enclosures that cause many mental and physical problems.

In order to make the meal foie gras, birds have to be force fed. This is done by shoving tubes into the birds’ stomachs and pumping them with food until the stomach stretches to ten times its original size. To make even more profit, producers continue to abuse the bird’s body by selling their feathers for down.

Live plucking is usually done hastily. Birds are held down while workers grab handfuls of feathers and yank them out from the conscious bird. This leaves the bird with open, painful wounds. Pain medication is not used in this process.

Eventually, all birds used for down end up slaughtered. Typically, they will have their necks slit while others are unfortunate enough to be submerged in scalding hot water while still alive. The lives of birds used for down are far from happy ones.

There are many synthetic materials out there that can be used instead of down. Sign this petition and demand that Gallerie Z replace their down with synthetic, cruelty free materials.


Dear Mr. Zeiden,

Your company, Gallerie Z, continues to use down for many of their products despite the knowledge that down comes from tortured birds. Birds used for down are typically live plucked, force fed for foie gras, and live in cramped, overcrowded and dirty enclosures. All of these stressful experiences cause mental and physical issues with the birds.

Live plucking is usually done hastily. Birds are held down while fistfuls of feathers are ripped from their skin, all while fully conscious. This leads to painful, open wounds all over the bird’s body.

Foie gras producers typically try to increase their profit by abusing the bird’s body even more by selling their feathers for down. In order to make foie gras, birds are force fed by having tubes shoved into their stomachs and pumping them with food until their stomach is ten times the size it originally was.

There are many synthetic materials that can be used to replace down. Please consider ditching down to prevent future torture and death for birds. No animal should have to live a life like this.


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Photo credit: Friedrich Mulln

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  1. Thanks for the information…I will NOT ever shop at z gallery again… Sad as I am interior designer and used to frequent them often with customers. They are off my shopping list until they change the policy on down : (

  2. We have alternatives that are just as efficient — LEAVE THE BIRDS ALONE.

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