Responsible Down Standard – ensures that down and feathers were not plucked from live animals. Any removal of down and feathers from live birds (live-plucking or molt-harvesting) is prohibited. Force-feeding is prohibited. Holistic respect for animal welfare of the birds from hatching to slaughter. RDS down and feathers are properly identified; to ensure that non-RDS down and feathers are not mistakenly identified as RDS. Each stage in supply chain is audited by a professional, third party certification body. Only products with 100% certified down and feathers carry the RDS logo.