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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.


Goose Patrol Protects NYC’S Birds From Government Slaughter

Goose Patrol Protects NYC’s Birds From Government Slaughter

Summertime is almost here, which, for New York City’s goose population, means it’s molting season. Ordinarily, it’s a time for the birds to shed their wing and tail feathers and grow new ones in preparation for migration. But since 2009, when a gaggle of migratory geese led to the “Miracle on the Hudson” emergency plane landing, it’s been the season when U.S. Department of Agriculture Agents scour New York’s Parks for the temporarily flightless geese, round them up, and slaughter them.

The geese that caused the 2009 crash weren’t local to New York, and several biologists and aviation experts–like Ron Merritt, former Chief of the Air Force’s Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard Team–believe goose slaughter is ineffectual in preventing aircraft strikes, yet the practice continues. Last year, at least 750 geese were killed. One group, however, hopes to defend the birds’ lives. Calling themselvesGooseWatch NYC, the volunteers will patrol parks where goose roundups have occurred and watch over the animals.

“Last summer we watched almost 200 geese every day throughout the molt,” GooseWatch founder David Karopkin told ANIMAL. “At the very least, we know they were not rounded up by the USDA during the time we were there.”

GooseWatch began in May of last year, and thus far, neither Karopkin nor any of his volunteers have encountered a roundup in progress while on patrol. Karopkin notifies the USDA when and where patrols will happen, with the hope that it may stop agents from coming out. Officially, volunteers are not instructed to actually intervene–cell phone photos and recordings are encouraged–but off the books, it’s a different story.

“We are prepared for an encounter with USDA agents,” says Kropkin. “Some activists have told me they would be willing to get arrested. I couldn’t in good conscience suggest to anyone to do this, but I also wouldn’t try to stop anyone.”

“At the very least, the public has the right to some transparency,” he adds, “and the right to see what it looks like when taxpayer dollars go to pay federal agents to round up and slaughter geese in public parks in New York City.”

Source: http://www.animalnewyork.com/2013/goose-patrol-protects-nycs-birds-from-government-slaughter/

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

The Goosinator


Canada geese can cause significant damage to turf grass in parks and golf courses due to foraging on short grass and their fecal contamination.  Many devices have been employed in the past to combat this problem, from decoys to sheep dogs, but none have proven effective.

Meet the Goosinator, a bright orange robot being tested as a way to keep geese moving along.

The Goosinator is a remote-controlled, battery-powered robot made from orange foam painted to resemble a devilish, grinning beast. It can move up to 25 miles per hour.

video made by its creators shows the robot continuously scaring geese away by moving along grass, snow, concrete and icy water. It also emits a loud motorized sound. Colorado-based Goosinator designer Randy Claussen said his challenge was to come up with a craft that could move along all kinds of different surfaces and be intimidating to geese.


“We humanely are returning wildlife back to the wild, at your fingertips,” said Claussen. Denver parks officials recently bought two Goosinators, costing about $3,000 each, and plan to have college interns operate them. It sounds expensive but just cleaning up after the geese can cost up to $1,000 a week.

So far the robots have been deployed in urban parks in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and New York. Residents in Westchester, N.Y., are trying it as an alternative to rounding up geese and killing them.