Take Action: TK Maxx is the last on the list

Four Paws staged an action to call on retailer TK Maxx to commit to only sourcing down & feather – commonly used in duvets and other bedding products – which excludes cruel practices such as force-feeding and live plucking, which are common in down production.

40 cuddly geese toys were placed outside TK Maxx in London in what was an eye-catching and highly impactful stunt aimed at encouraging TK Maxx to finally budge.

TK Maxx is now due to receive the Blood Feather Award. A delegation from FOUR PAWS UK will be delivering the award to TK Maxx’s headquarters in the coming weeks. In the meantime we still have time to put pressure on them.

We need your help:

- Send TK Maxx an email asking them to speak up for geese and ducks in their supply chain. 

Email TK Maxx now!

- Tweet @TKMaxx_UK to say NO to cruel practices in bedding products


TK Maxx is the last shop from our list which has not said no to live plucking and force-feeding

You might not know, but the duvets and pillows that provide us with comfort may be linked to shocking cruelty. To fill a single duvet with down, 40 birds can be tortured in the most appalling way. The agonising practice of live plucking is still sadly prevalent in the production of down, while many birds that end up in down products have also been force-fed for the cruel production of foie gras.

We have taken a look under the covers of the bedding industry in the UK, and discovered that many major retailers and manufacturers simply do not have robust enough systems in place to ensure that force feeding and live plucking do not occur at any point throughout the supply chain.

Throughout this campaign, we have been naming the retailers and sharing information on the efforts they are making to protect the animals in their supply chain. We've also asked supporters to vote for the nominee they would like to receive the prize nobody wants to accept: the Blood Feather! Have a look at our campaign website.

Our campaign has already brought about significant change. Thanks to your votes of disapproval, Argos, Debenhams and The White Company have now committed to implementing higher traceability standards to ensure to the highest extent that the down they sources does not originate from live-plucked or force-fed animals.

We only have one shop left! TK Maxx. The voting is now over. They will be receiving our Blood Feather award.

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TK Maxx cannot guarantee that their supply chain is free from live-plucked or force-fed animals. Let’s urge them to follow the others and speak up for ducks and geese.