IDA: Writing Alert: Last hurrah for foie gras? Group wants French dish off city menus

September 12th, 2006 4:02 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: In Defense of Animals – alerts [at] idausa.org
Date: Sep 11, 2006 5:38 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Last hurrah for foie gras? Group wants French dish off city menus

The Portland Press Herald ran an article about Maine activists’ efforts to get restaurants to remove cruelly-produced foie gras from their menus.

Please write a letter to the editor about the suffering ducks and geese endure to produce foie gras in support of their efforts. Send letters to letterstotheeditor [at] pressherald.com.

Read “Last hurrah for foie gras? Group wants French dish off city menus” online.

You can use the following points to assist you in writing your letter or visit http://www.stopforcefeeding.com for more information:

* Every year nearly 500,000 ducks are confined into warehouses, force-fed with a pipe shoved down their beaks, and slaughtered for their diseased livers.

* Recent investigations of the United States’ only three foie gras farms found gross neglect and cruelty. Witnesses found tens of thousands of ducks confined in filthy, overcrowded confinements and others left to suffer in enclosures so small they could even spread a wing.

* Ducks are force-fed with a long metal pole repeatedly shoved down their throats. The torture begins when they are just three months old and continues until they are sent to slaughter.

* During the investigations of three U.S. foie gras farms, investigators found birds on the verge of death, covered in their own vomit. Other birds were found dead in their cages. They had suffocated and choked to death from being force-fed.

* Many of the ducks who survive become too sick to walk. Those who survive the feedings suffer from a painful illness that causes their livers to swell to ten times their normal size.

Letters should be less than 200 words. Please do not send attachments and please remember to include your full name, address, and phone number (for verification purposes–street names and phone numbers will not be published) and not to use any wording in this alert.

Thanks and good luck!

Sincerely,

Kristie Phelps

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