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Foie Gras Under Attack in California & New York: Pls Contact Lawmakers!

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    Foie Gras Under Attack in California & New York: Pls Contact Lawmakers! Action Requested by March 26th - Please Forward widely! (Note: In talking with others,
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 23, 2004
      Foie Gras Under Attack in California & New York: Pls Contact Lawmakers!

      Action Requested by March 26th - Please Forward widely!

      (Note: In talking with others, you might also want to obtain and show them this video: "Delicacy of Despair: Behind the Closed Doors of the Foie Gras Industry" is now available. This 16 minute documentary follows the
      investigation of this cruel industry and the rescue of 15 ducks from
      it. The video is $10 postage paid on VHS or DVD. To order or for more information, please visit www.gourmetcruelty.com and click on "Marketplace")

      Source: United Poultry Concerns PO Box 150 Machipongo, V A 23405
      Phone: 757-678-7875 Fax: 757-678-5070 www.upc-online.org
      March 3, 2004


      Foie Gras Production Under Attack in California, New York

      “These people are cramming huge amounts of food down the throats of
      ducks while children are starving.” – Animal Protection & Rescue League

      “Forcing food down a bird’s gullet beyond the limits of its appetite
      will cause pain and suffering. Force feeding quickly results in birds that
      are obese and in a pathological state, called hepatic lipidosis or fatty
      liver disease.” – Professor Ian Duncan, Poultry Welfare Specialist,
      University of Guelph, Ontario.

      A lawsuit by the Animal Protection & Rescue League (APRL) and In Defense of
      Animals (IDA) alleges that the force-feeding of ducks results in “extreme,
      unmitigated pain and suffering as well as crippling injuries to the ducks,
      and that the owners of Sonoma Foie Gras are in violation of several sections
      of the California penal code on animal welfare. An APRL investigation of the
      farm last year revealed ducks too weak and overweight to defend themselves
      as rats gnawed on their wounds, documented at www.APRL.org” (APRL press
      release, March 2, 2004).

      To get rid of foie gras, California lawmaker, Senate President Pro Tem John
      Burton, has introduced a bill, SB 1520, that would ban foie gras from being
      produced and consumed in California. Burton told to the Sacramento Bee
      (March 1, 2004), “We just shouldn’t be cramming a tube down a duck’s throat
      and forcing in food to make foie gras.”

      California and New York are the only US states that produce foie gras; force feeding ducks and geese to make “fattened liver” is banned in Israel (effective March 2005), Germany, and several other European countries. For Information: www.APRL.org, www.gourmetcruelty.com, and www.avar.org/foiegras2.html

      For more information on bills to ban foie gras in California and New York: www.nofoiegras.org


      EVERYONE: Please write letters to the editor against foie gras and against cruelty to animals in all areas of animal food production. Urge people to try the delicious vegan pates available at progressive food stores. To find email addresses of all your newspapers, type in your zip code at:

      CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS: Please write to your California State Senator by March 26th and ask him or her to support SB 1520. Tell your Senator it is time to prohibit animal cruelty practices, especially for luxury food items. Senators can be mailed at the State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814. If you don’t know who your state senator is, call 916-322-9900. For updates, contact
      www.avar.org/foiegras2.html or call 530-759-8106.

      NEW YORK RESIDENTS: Write to your New York State Assembly member and State Senator, and ask them to cosponsor AB 1821 and SB 5153, respectively (c/o Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12248). Assembly Bill 1821 and Senate Bill 5153 would amend the state animal cruelty law to make it “unlawful to force feed a bird, by hand or machine, for the purpose of fatty enlargement of the bird’s liver.”

      AB 1821 is sitting in the Assembly Committee on Agriculture, and SB 5153 is
      sitting in the Committee on Rules. To get these bills heard and moving, New
      York constituents must speak out! Call the Chairpersons of these committees
      and urge them to bring up the bills for debate:

      Assemblyman William Magee
      Chair, Assembly Agriculture Committee
      641 Legislative Office Building
      Albany, NY 12248
      Ph: 518-455-4807
      Mageew@... 9assembly.state.ny.us)

      Senator Joseph L. Bruno
      Chair, Senate Rules Committee
      909 Legislative Office Building
      Albany, NY 12248
      Ph: 518-455-3191
      Bruno@... (senate.state.ny.us)

      For more information on New York State, contact
      campaign@... (farmsanctuary.org)
      or visit www.nofoiegras.org or call 607-583-2225 ext. 247.

      United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the
      compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.
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