This just goes to show you, that you need to be aware of where you are finding your information. I do not know anything about goose down harvesting, but I did know immediately upon reading a couple of the sources cited, that they only had their "commercial" interests in mind. Please remember to look at WHERE you are getting your information and what their "hidden agenda" is, almost everyone has one.
Using Omni's example, it was very obvious why they would want to spread propoganda about "hand-harvested", it is because they are a large commercial manufacturer of goose down products. They get their material from commercial raised and slaughtered geese. Their "hidden agenda" was to turn you against the smaller producers of "hand harvested" goose down, so you would buy their product instead. Human emotion is an incredible power tool when it comes to commercialism and manipulation/marketing. Basically "buy our product because their product is cruel" when in reality all you have is a salesman writing a rant about something he is ignorant on. I bet you the man/woman who wrote that article does not own geese or is knowledgeable about them.
It is better to do thorough research from "multiple" sources and standpoints and then make your own opinion on a topic. Don't stand for something when you've only heard one side. If I wanted to, I could write a long, emotional rant about why "spaying and nuetering is cruel and selfish", but we all know the other "side" of spaying and nuetering. I guess I'm just saying "Please do your research and be aware of your source's 'hidden agenda'."
From what I've read on the topic myself, I think hand harvesting goose down is perfectly fine and if you wanted to raise geese solely for that purpose, it would be no different than shearing sheep, if done correctly. Just my opinion.
Edited by Wolf-Kim - 7/19/08 at 12:14am