Foie gras, French for "fatty liver," is made from the grotesquely enlarged livers of male ducks and geese. The "delicacy" known as foie gras is one of the most sickening examples of cruelty promoted as "luxury.""
We, the undersigned, strongly urge the European and UK Parliament to ban the production AND Importation of Foie Gras in Europe.
The birds are kept in tiny wire cages or packed into sheds. Pipes are repeatedly, cruelly, forced down the birds' throats, and up to 4 pounds of grain and fat are pumped into their stomachs two or three times every day for two to three weeks until they can barely move and are on the verge of organ rupture and death.
This is totally unacceptable and cruel..Due to free trade laws, UK being one of the biggest importers of Foie Gras, are importing this cruelty...
European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, European Commission, B-1049
We the undersigned appeal to The European Parliament to ban Foie Gras in ALL of Europe.
The EU intends to eliminate the force feeding of geese and ducks for foie gras within 15 years. This is an unacceptable length of time.
To produce "foie gras" (which literally means "fatty liver"), workers ram pipes down male ducks' or geese's throats two or three times daily and pump as much as 4 pounds of grain and fat into the animals' stomachs, causing their livers to bloat to up to 10 times their normal size. Many birds have difficulty standing because of their engorged livers, and they may tear out their own feathers and cannibalize each other out of stress.
The birds are kept in tiny wire cages or packed into sheds. On some farms, a single worker may be expected to force-feed 500 birds three times each day. Because of this rush, animals are often treated roughly and left injured and suffering.
The vast amounts of feed pumped down the ducks' throats causes enormous internal pressure, and the pipe sometimes punctures the oesophagus, causing many to die from choking on the blood that fills their lungs. Some birds literally burst, choke to death on their own vomit, or become so weak that they are unable to fend off rats from eating them alive. Other ducks die a slow, painful, and premature death by suffocation from inhalation of regurgitated feed.
Unable to feel the sun on their backs or ground beneath their feet, the ducks are held in cages so small that they cannot fully stand or stretch their wings. To make matters worse, the ducks and geese are housed without access to swimming water even though ducks need to be able to immerse themselves in water to remain healthy. Access to water on these farms is so limited that the ducks cannot adequately clean their nostrils and eyes, which can lead to blindness
For the millions of little female ducklings born another horror awaits. They are tossed alive into electric mincers at just a few days old to suffer a violent and horrific death %u2013 their only crime is they don%u2019t put on weight as quickly as their brothers.
The pain and suffering caused by foie-gras production has no place in a civilised society. Our aim is simple %u2013 to implore you to make Europe a foie-gras free zone.
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