This demands a responsible approach from farmers but also from brands and supply-chain members, who are bound to comply with the “five freedoms” of the animals that provide their down and feathers:
1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
By ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
2. Freedom from Discomfort
By providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
3. Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease
By prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
4. Freedom to Express Normal Behavior
By providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal’s own kind..
5. Freedom from Fear and Distress
By ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.