By David Stenerud
When NorWatch spoke to Ib Fagerlund, the chairman of European Down and Feather Association (EDFA), he made an alarming statement:
- Last week I heard from someone in Frankfurt that journalists from Denmark Radio had come to Poland outside the plucking season. Then a goose farmer had just started gathering some women and started the plucking.
Fagerlund could not remember who had made the allegation - which if it was true, would have severe professional consequenses for a journalist.
He still thinks that this type of method would explain the images of the plucking looking so brutal.
- Because outside the plucking season the feathers aren't loose, the EDFA chairman points out.
DR journalist, Søren Lindbjerg, who is behind the disputed documentary, categorically dismiss that he would have used such a method. He also shoots back at Fagerlund:
"It shakes me that the top responsible for a European trade organization would make such serious allegations based on rumours alone. This is both cheap and unsympathetical. Naturally I would that use such a manipulative method - that would be dishonest.
Fagerlunds rumours are not only 100 percent untrue - they are also injuriating. Maybe that is why he chose to "plant" them outside of Denmark. Anyway I would like to challenge Fagerlund to document his allegations towards me. Because I know that he cannot".
Norwatch Newsletter 1-2/02