Punch,  53 (1867), 239.

Fashionable Avicide





Amusement, Gender, Hunting, Zoology

    Alarmed by a report explaining that the latest in French fashion is the wearing of swansdown feathers. Questions whether 'Fine feathers' make 'fine ladies' and pities the fact that 'fine birds should be destroyed for the mere sake of their fine feathers'. Anticipates that swans and other birds, whose feathers are the latest in fashion, will be slaughtered, and pities these birds. Points out that peacocks and pheasants are in less danger because their feathers can be 'imitated easily', and accordingly urges ladies to wear imitation instead of real feathers.

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