Foie Gras Under Attack in California & New York: Pls Contact Lawmakers!
- 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
ACTION ALERT ACTION ALERT ACTION ALERT ACTION ALERT
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 birds 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 shouldnt be cramming a tube down a ducks 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 dont 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 birds 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
Senator Joseph L. Bruno
Chair, Senate Rules Committee
909 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
For more information on New York State, contact
or visit www.nofoiegras.org or call 607-583-2225 ext. 247.
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compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.