I just finished reading an aritcle about the feather extensions that have become very popular. I was just really disgusted and wanted to vent to an understanding community! They are made from rooster feathers and the birds die so that others can look "in" and "trendy". I really hate seeing young teens and celebrities toating around looks that cost a life. fur coats, alligator purses etc etc...
It is very disturbing. There's another thread on here about it started by a hair stylist who said they've become very popular where she works, but she refuses to do them. I read an article on Yahoo (yes, not a reliable news source) about how women are buying them from bait shops because they've become hard to find! Apparently the roosters they use have been very specifically bred for those feathers and it takes a while for them to grow, so some bait shops have had to put some aside for their regular customers becasue there aren't enough for the demand. I can't believe it's caught on so quickly, and there is no thought at all to the animals who are killed only for the feathers so people can follow a trend. I'm not a fan of PETA myself, but they are in the public eye, maybe they'll try and do something about it. It just makes me ill to see trends like this pop up.
I used to have a feather boa, but it made me feel like an a$$hole, so I gave it to goodwill when I went vegan. I don't think it occurs to a lot of people that birds die to make feathers, animals die to make fur (cats and dogs are even used for some "fake fur") and cows die for leather. I hope PETA hops on this as well. I don't agree with them 100%, but I have been impressed by the amount of battles they've won against Animal testing (POM Wonderful and Lipton Tea to name a couple).
I know this isn't fashion, but on Friday I went to a store to price a doona for my daughter. The girl asked me what I was after and I told her I didn't want anything that had dead animal in it. She looked at me like I was a two headed freak! Then she said "so you don't want goose feather?", der! I told her I didn't want duck either. Now that I had eliminated poultry for her she decided that wool would be great because the animals do not die. She then proceeded to go on about how it is Australian wool. Not want to harp on like a pain in the butt, I just listened. It wasn't organically made, those of you who are familiar with the Australian wool industry would probably know we have one of the worst wool industries in the world.