People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says a Boulder-based company that sells feather hair extensions should stop saying its feathers come from ethically-treated roosters.
Fine Featherheads' website blog
says it gets its feathers from Whiting Farms. PETA general counsel Jeff Kerr said Thursday that Whiting Farms cages its roosters in noisy, windowless sheds and kills them for the sake of fashion.
Whiting Farms founder Tom Whiting said in a written statement that his roosters have spacious, individual cages so they don't battle each other. He says his roosters live nearly a year, while chicken raised for meat typically live less than seven weeks.
Fine Featherheads did not return calls seeking comment but touts its business practices on its website.
We are doing our best to run our business in an ethical and honest way. We are a carbon negative company, members of 1 percent for the Planet and Dharma Merchants, and striving towards making our office (where we provide 40 local jobs to our community) a zero waste work place. We absolutely understand your concerns with the product, and we agree that feathers are not necessarily a "vegan friendly" product. However, we do hope you understand that this whole experience is allowing Fine Featherheads to create a lot of positive energy in our community," reads a statement on the Fine Featherheads website.
Whiting Farms also supplies feathers for fly fishing.
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