PETA investigators traveled to South Africa to get never-before-seen footage inside the largest ostrich slaughter companies in the world.
Investigators saw workers force terrified ostriches into stun boxes—causing many to slip and fall—and then slit their throats.
When ostriches stumbled over a collapsed flock mate outside a slaughterhouse, a plant director joked, “I’ll call the animal welfare officer just now.”
These slaughterhouses supply ostrich skins to Hermès, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and other top European fashion houses. Feathers, some of which are ripped out of the ostriches’ skin while they are fully conscious, are used in costumes for the Moulin Rouge and festivals like Brazil’s Rio Carnival as well as in feather dusters, boas, and accessories.
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