Buying items with down feathers -- most often coats, comforters, and pillows -- supports and perpetuates the needless abuse and eventual killing of innocent creatures. Cruelty-free down alternatives feel just as soft, keep you just as warm, and generally cost less anyway.
WARNING: GRAPHIC TRUTH
The hilariously campy industry whitewash:
The reality (both ducks and geese):
Single-serving video of a goose being plucked alive:
A goose allowed to live in peace.