PETA said it owns stock in the home furnishing chain RH, formerly known as Restoration Hardware, and the animal welfare group would like to see “more transparency” behind the company’s claim that it only uses “responsibly sourced” feathers, as it claims on its corporate website.
The PETA resolution calls for greater sourcing transparency so that both PETA members and RH customers can be assured that there are no animal welfare violations happening in RH’s supply chain, PETA spokesperson Robin Goist said.
On the company’s customer-facing website, it states that down feathers for some products come from Europe and “some of the finest regions in the world,” without clarifying which parts of the continent. Jacqui Sadashigi, corporate responsibility officer for PETA, says that some countries in Europe do not adhere to humane processes.
There are concerns that animals could be de-feathered while still alive — or scalded to death in defeathering tanks, Goist said.
RH is based out of Corte Madera and did not respond to a request for comment.