Foie-gras imports make a mockery of animal welfare laws
THANKS to Viva! and its supporters no supermarket would dare sell foie-gras.
Its production would be illegal in this country because of animal cruelty, but trade laws ensure foie-gras can still be legally imported, making a mockery of our animal welfare laws, and shockingly online traders such as Amazon have no qualms about trading in the livers of tortured ducks and geese.
An investigation at French producer Labeyrie, whose products Amazon sells, shows distressing scenes of ducks being force-fed huge amounts of grain with pneumatic pumps on industrial factory farms.
First, a mechanical, metal claw descends into the crammed cages forcing the birds downwards and pinning them to the floor as they panic desperately. The neck of each struggling duck is then pulled through the gaps in the claw by a worker and the force-feeding begins.
The scenes of this unbelievable cruelty are heartbreaking and beyond any justification. No wonder it is call “torture in a tin”.
Amazon also offers Hungarian foie-gras which can take cruelty to new levels. Many geese have their breast feathers ripped out for the down trade, despite the practice being illegal across the EU.
Live plucking can leave the geese shrieking in pain and often with gaping flesh wounds.
This process is repeated once the down has regrown and if this wasn’t torture enough, many are then force-fed for foie-gras.
Viva! says that Amazon’s ethical guidelines do not prohibit the sale of any foie-gras, in fact, there are few things they won’t sell, so the ability to buy a slice of cruelty is only a click away.
If your readers feel revulsion at this gross violation of defenceless ducks and geese and would like to help in the campaign Get Cruelty Offline, tell Amazon to dump foie-gras. Viva! can be contacted at www.viva.org.uk/amazon/0117 944 1000.
Pat Wickham, North Street, Caistor.