Mena Suvari is pleading with Bed Bath & Beyond to stop selling down pillows and bedding over concerns about animal cruelty.
The actress, who is a vegan, sent a strongly worded letter to company CEO Steven H. Temares on Monday morning, denouncing the “violent treatment and environmental concerns” that she says go along with producing the animal-derived goods.
“You can count me among the loyal Bed Bath & Beyond customers who flock to your store for design and decor inspiration. But today, I’m urging you to consider doing a little renovation and modernization of your own — and moving beyond cruelty — by removing down from your shelves entirely and offering only down-alternative bedding and fabrics,” she wrote in the letter obtained by Page Six.
Going into graphic detail, she wrote that “investigation after investigation has revealed that supply-house workers clamp live birds upside down between their knees and rip out handfuls of feathers as the geese and ducks struggle and squawk,” and that “open wounds resulting from this barbaric plucking are hastily sewn up with needle and thread.”
According to animal rights group PETA, which has targeted companies using goose down in the past, “most down and other feathers are removed from ducks and geese during slaughter,” but “birds in breeding flocks and those raised for meat and foie gras may be plucked repeatedly while they are still alive.”
Per PETA, Suvari will question Bed Bath & Beyond shareholders on its behalf during the company’s annual meeting on Friday. Suvari, 39, stars in PETA’s new anti-down campaign, which shows her surrounded by bloody feathers.
A rep for Bed Bath & Beyond didn’t immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
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