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PETA Criticizes Colorado Feather Hair Extension Seller

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says a Boulder-based company that sells feather hair extensions should stop saying its feathers come from ethically treated roosters.

Fine Featherheads’ website says it gets its feathers from Whiting Farms. PETA general counsel Jeff Kerr said Thursday that Whiting Farms cages its roosters in noisy, windowless sheds and kills them for the sake of fashion.

Fine Featherheads’ founder didn’t return messages seeking comment, but Whiting Farms founder Tom Whiting said in a written statement that his roosters have spacious, individual cages so they don’t battle each other. He says his roosters live nearly a year, while chicken raised for meat typically live less than seven weeks.

Whiting Farms also supplies feathers for fly fishing.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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