MEC sources the down used in sleeping bags from suppliers that operate in an ethically responsible manner, in line with our own MEC values. This includes best practices in animal husbandry, within the context of these ducks and geese being raised for human consumption and the down and feathers being a by-product of the food industry. MEC has requested that the supply of our down will not come from farms that use the practice live plucking, the removal of down during the birds molting period. Since the supply of down is a by-product of the food industry, the handling of birds is managed to a high standard to ensure that quality and safety for human consumption is maintained. To meet this high food processing standard, the humane handling of the birds is critical. Overstressing or mismanaging the birds before and including the slaughtering process will dramatically affect the quality of the meat.
If you would like to know more about MEC's Ethical Sourcing Policy, please go to:http://www.mec.ca/Main/content_text...
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