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    Consideration for animal welfare to be given greater weight in our increasingly industrialised food production chain gains momentum and this is followed by a range of certification standards for food being introduced. Recognising that all animal-derived products, not just those for food have a potential impact on animal welfare, NGO’s and animal welfare organisations begin to focus on other potentially harmful farming practices. For the down and outdoor industry, Live Plucking and Force-Feeding for foie gras become headline news with both Patagonia and The North Face accused of using down sourced from birds which have been subjected to being force-fed or live plucked.

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