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Farm Sanctuary Breaks Silence On Amazon.com’s Foie Gras Sales, Urges Boycott

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 17, 2007
12:51 PM

CONTACT: Farm Sanctuary 
Cara Hoffman, 607-583-2225 ext. 233, choffman@farmsanctuary.org

 
Farm Sanctuary Breaks Silence On Amazon.com’s Foie Gras Sales, Urges Boycott
Investigative Video Reveals Horrifying, Illegal Abuse at Quebec’s Largest Foie Gras Facility
 

WASHINGTON - JULY 17 - Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, is calling on the public to boycott Amazon.com for carrying and distributing foie gras products originating from the notorious Elevages Perigord, a production facility currently under investigation for extreme acts of animal cruelty.

Today Farm Sanctuary released explicit undercover footage to the public that captures the wanton and senseless brutality committed by workers which clearly violates Canadian welfare laws. These include:

• Tearing the heads of live ducks off

• Kicking, throwing and punching ducks

• Leaving ducklings to die of hypothermia and asphyxiation inside trash cans

• Bashing live ducks against walls and floors

• Suffocating and crushing live ducklings

• Force feeding ducks

• Slaughter of fully-conscious ducks

“It is unconscionable for Amazon and other suppliers to continue selling foie gras given the irrefutable evidence that it is produced through egregious callousness and cruelty,” said Gene Baur, president of Farm Sanctuary. “The footage we have released has broken the silence and made the public more aware than ever of the dirty secrets behind the doors of foie gras production facilities. To support any business that sells, produces or distributes this product is to take part in a callous disregard for life. We urge everyone to contact Amazon and tell them to stop selling foie gras immediately.”

Farm Sanctuary attempted to open a dialogue with Amazon about the issue, but their inquiries went unanswered.

Ducks and geese used in foie gras production are de-beaked, de-toed and forced to live in extreme confinement in filthy, poorly-maintained cages. Liquid feed is pressure-pumped down their throats through a metal pipe several times a day. This force feeding is known to cause bruising, lacerations, sores, organ rupture, and even death. It also creates the grossly oversized and diseased “fatty liver” for which foie gras is named. Gasping, vomiting and struggling to move, the birds endure this process every day at the end of their short lives.

To view the undercover footage of this investigation and find out more about how citizens can help end the brutality of foie gras go to www.nofoiegras.org.

About Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at http://www.farmsanctuary.org or by calling 607-583-2225.

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