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Tell Amazon to Stop Selling Foie Gras

Foie Gras - photo courtesy of sg.lifestyleasia.com

Ever wondered how foie gras is made?

Last month, a Mercy For Animals investigation uncovered stark evidence that what’s involved in the making of foie gras is nothing short of animal torture. A company in New York  that produces the dish, billing itself  as “the humane choice for purchasing foie gras,” was the subject of a secretly taped video by the animal advocacy group that showed ducks being abused. In light of the discovery, a website called AmazonCruelty.com has posted a petition asking Amazon.com to stop selling the dish.

According to Our-Compass.org, Dr. Greg Burkett, DVM, an avian specialist, saw the video and stated:

“If one looks at the production of foie gras for what it really is—causing a healthy [duck] liver to become diseased by forced overfeeding—then eating it could leave a whole different taste in your mouth.”

Other bird experts weighed in as well after watching the footage. Dr. Nedim Buyukmihci, Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, said:

“This overfeeding will lead to liver enlargement and malfunction, causing chronic metabolic dysfunction and illness. The ducks at this facility, therefore, are being subjected to extremely inhumane conditions causing them to suffer greatly.”

Photo courtesy of thefabweb.comMercy For Animals notes on its AmazonCruelty.com website that, due to the distress caused to the birds, the practice has been outlawed in California and more than a dozen countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Israel. Our-Compass.org says that leading chefs, restaurants, and grocery retailers, including Costco, Safeway, Wolfgang Puck, Giant Eagle, and Target, refuse to sell foie gras due to its inherent cruelty.
To tell Amazon.com that it’s time to follow the lead of other retailers who refuse to sell foie gras, go to AmazonCruelty.com.


Tamara Ecclestone given rescued goose as wedding gift

Tamara Ecclestone & new husband Jay Rutland

A rescued goose has been named after Tamara Ecclestone in celebration of her marriage to Jay Rutland.

The Formula One heiress received the special wedding gift from PETA after it saved the bird from a French foie gras farm that supplies Fortnum & Mason.

The animal rights group moved the goose to a French animal sanctuary and named it Tamara in honour of the 28-year-old.

Ecclestone has starred in a PETA advert against foie gras and personally convinced Formula One events to stop serving the controversial food product.

Two male geese were also rescued at the same time as Tamara and were named Sir Roger – in honour of Sir Roger Moore, who narrated PETA’s video exposé of foie gras farms – and Prince Charles, in honour of the Prince of Wales, who refuses to serve foie gras at royal events.

“Tamara has worked hard to save geese such as Sir Roger and Prince Charles from the cruelty of foie gras farms, and now the joy of her wedding will be shared with the joy of freedom that these geese now experience every day,” PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi said.

Tamara Ecclestone's nude PETA campaign poster“PETA wishes Tamara all the happiness that a kind-hearted, determined advocate for animals deserves.”

Celebrities including Twiggy, Ricky Gervais, Kate Winslet and Pamela Anderson have all taken a stand against the sale of foie gras, which is illegal to produce in the UK.

Source: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/news/a489857/tamara-ecclestone-given-rescued-goose-as-wedding-gift.html#ixzz2WfzYIarL

Michael Mansfield QC Defends Geese and calls for Fortnum & Mason to end Foie Gras

Foie gras continues to spark outrage from all sides.

Foie gras continues to spark outrage from all sides.

Michael Mansfield, known for defending some of the biggest cases in British legal history, has sprung to the defence of geese today by calling for Fortnum & Mason to rid its shelves of cruelly produced foie gras.

Writing in the Huffington Post, Mansfield states, “Like any lawyer, I can attest to the fact that legality is no guarantee of morality. In other words, just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you should. Certainly, this principle holds true for Piccadilly grocer Fortnum & Mason, which … is one of the only British retailers still to sell cruelly produced foie gras, despite the public outcry against this vile product”. He goes on to argue that while “[t]he day is near when foie gras will be impossible to obtain in this country … stores such as Fortnum & Mason should simply remove it from their shelves – not because the law requires it but because it’s the right thing to do.”

Force-feeding of birds for foie gras production, which is already banned in the UK, is allowed in just five European countries – including France – which is why Fortnum & Mason shamefully pays French farmers to force-feed geese on its behalf.

During foie gras production, huge amounts of grain are pumped into the stomachs of ducks and geese through metal pipes, which are rammed down their throats several times a day. Their distended livers – which can swell to up to 10 times their normal size – press against their lungs, causing them to pant constantly. Veterinarians and avian experts agree – there is no humane way to produce foie gras.

Source: http://ofcoursevegan.com/2013/06/07/michael-mansfield-qc-defends-geese-calls-for-fortnum-mason-to-end-foie-gras/

Dan Barber’s foie gras parable

Chef Dan Barber

Foie gras is a popular and well-known delicacy in French cuisine. Its flavor is described as rich, buttery, and delicate, unlike that of an ordinary duck or goose liver.  But foie gras is also a food created from the suffering of animals; geese or ducks force fed grain with a gavage, so they and their livers swell beyond normal size.  But it doesn’t always have to be produced in such a barbaric way.  Dan Barber tells a story of meeting a farmer in Spain, who makes the best foie gras in the world, and does so without causing any suffering for the birds he so obviously loves.

Chef Gordon Ramsey under fire for selling foi gras cruelty

Gordon Ramsay under fire after undercover video exposes ‘shocking cruelty’ to ducks at foie gras factory which supplies one of his licensed restaurants

  • Footage from Hudson Valley factory, N.Y., shows ducks being force-fed large amounts of grain through steel tubes three times a day
  • Animal rights group PETA say practice is ‘grotesquely cruel’
  • Factory supplies foie gras for ‘Menu Prestige’ at Gordon Ramsay at The London restaurant in New York
  • Chef has previously condemned cruelty in shark fin soup industry as ‘sick’ and ‘barbaric’

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has come under fire after an undercover video emerged exposing ‘shocking cruelty’ at a foie gras factory which supplies one of his licensed restaurants.

Animal rights groups People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are accusing the star of having double standards after filming thousands of ducks being force-fed through steel tubes.

In 2011, Ramsay made a documentary in which he condemned the slaughter of sharks to make shark fin soup.

On the Channel 4 film Shark Bait, he described the cruelty of the industry as ‘sick’ and ‘barbaric’ and encouraged viewers not to buy the dish.


image001.png Gordon Ramsay teaching a young chef how to cook foie gras.  Footage has emerged of ‘shocking cruelty’ at foie gras factory, Hudson Valley, which supplies one of his licensed restaurants

Gordon Ramsay at The London, New YorkGordon Ramsay at The London, New York

But PETA have revealed how Hudson Valley Foie Gras appears on the ‘Menu Prestige’ at New York restaurant Gordon Ramsay at The London.

The group have released undercover footage from the farm which shows steel tubes being forced down ducks throats to fill them with large amounts of grain three times a day.

The Manhattan fine dining venue was sold by Ramsay to the Blackstone Group in 2009, but it continues to operate under the chef’s name and he acts as a consultant.

A traditional French delicacy, foie gras is made from the liver of a duck or goose which has been specifically fattened and has a rich and buttery taste.

A PETA US investigation of Hudson Valley Foie Gras
In the footage factory workers can be seen inserting steel tubes into ducks mouths before force-feeding them large amounts of grainIn the footage factory workers can be seen inserting steel tubes into ducks mouths before force-feeding them large amounts of grain
Experts say force-feeding ducks causes oesophageal tears and splits, liver rupture and failure, heat stress and aspiration pneumoniaExperts say force-feeding ducks causes oesophageal tears and splits, liver rupture and failure, heat stress and aspiration pneumonia
At slaughter ducks are hung upside down and have their throats cut and are left to bleed to deathAt slaughter ducks are hung upside down and have their throats cut and are left to bleed to death

At slaughter the ducks are hung upside down, have their throats slit and are left to bleed to death.

An estimated 15,000 ducks per year die at the Hudson Valley Foie Gras factory before they even make it to slaughter.

PETA claim experts probing foie gras production have found that force-feeding causes oesophageal tears and splits, liver rupture and failure, heat stress and aspiration pneumonia.

Mimi Bekhechi, from PETA UK, said: ‘Every expose of foie gras farms has revealed how grotesquely cruel it is to jam pipes down birds’ throats and force-feed them until they sicken and die.

‘We hope Gordon Ramsay and other chefs will swear off this particular ‘f-word’ – foie gras – for good.’

The group has written a letter to Ramsay urging him to take foie gras off the menu.

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Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2322091/Gordon-Ramsay-undercover-video-exposes-shocking-cruelty-ducks-foie-gras-factory-supplies-licensed-restaurants.html#ixzz2TArsWSiY