"You look at our giant agri-business -- from giant chicken "farms" to cattle feed lots -- none of it is very pleasant.
Stating my own opinion here, anyone who eats beef, pork, chicken, turkey, etc., etc. -- don't waste your time switching your bag from down to synthetics. The only thing you are really soothing is just your own ego. Same with fur too, I suppose."
Wrong. We have choice about where our meat and eggs come from, and to me this thread is about now finding out where our down comes from so we can also make choices on that too. I do not support factory farmed anything, period. My work sometimes involves working with mice and rats, and the ethics dictated to us by scientific advisory boards means most of the animals are more humanely treated (and healthier) than the meat that goes on the average American table. Thankfully I live in a land where most animals are still pasture farmed free-range, some of them on huge high country stations (like the nice merino everyone enjoys). My only objection to their conditions is around slaughter, where they are starved and thirsty and jammed into tight cages and put on a truck to go the the slaughterhouse, where they then wait in line as they hear and smell the fear and death of their fellow inmates. Surely we can treat our animals better than this (geese included)???