UNITED NATIONS, THE EUROPEAN UNION, ALL HEADS OF STATE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE CANADA, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AMERICA, THE EUROPEAN LEADER H.VAN ROMPUY, MINISTERE DE L'AGRICULTURE
WE DEMAND AND EXPECT THAT THE UNITED NATIONS, THE EUROPEAN UNION AND ALL HEADS OF STATE TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY TO BAN ALL FOIE GRAS PRODUCTION AND CEASE ALL TRADING, INCLUDING IMPORTS AND EXPORTS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.
An investigation in to one of Canada's Foie Gras Farms can be viewed below please view the video and understand why we are fighitng this war.
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Foie Gras (fatty liver) is derived from the French term and it is a delicacy that the elite enjoy. It is manufactured from ducks and geese through force feeding. This is one of the cruelest and barbaric forms of torture to animals.
Foie Gras dates back to 2 500 BC to Egyptian times when geese were taken and then slaughtered for the liver, which was a delicacy then in Egypt. Today, France is the largest producer and supplier of Foie Gras, supplying 80% in total of the world's demand. France, therefore, is the largest culprit of all countries that practice this abusive trade.
The Food & Agricultural Organisation (FAO) stated in 2002 that Foie Gras production raises serious animal welfare issues and is not a practice that is condoned by the F.A.O.
The European Unions Scientific Committee on animal health and welfare produced a report in 1998 entitled welfare aspects of the production of Foie Gras in ducks and geese in which it stated the following;
1a) force feeding as currently practised is detrimental to the welfare of the birds
1b) the management and housing of the birds used in the production of Foie Gras have a negative impact on their welfare.
The injuries listed below have been drawn up by experts in this field;
1. potential for injury due to multiple insertions of a long feeding tube with the possibility of secondary infection
2. distress from restraint and manipulations associated with force feeding
3. compromised health and welfare resulting from obesity, including the potential for impaired locomotion and lethargy
4. creation of a vulnerable animal more likely to suffer from otherwise tolerable conditions such as heat and transport
What these graceful birds of paradise endure;
The geese and ducks are kept in isolation during the force feeding period to make handling easier. They are kept in conditions where they can not turn around or perform any natural behaviours and sanitary conditions are very poor.
The birds become extremely stressed during force feeding. The procedure is very painful and most uncomfortable. Injuries and deaths are very common. The force feeding process increases the size of the liver ten fold and the birds rapidly become obese. Their weight increases by 80%-90%, the liver becomes 50% fat and stops working properly.
The birds' obesity leads to respiratory stress and reduced mobility. Many birds lose the ability to walk and some birds become so obese they die because they can't move to access water. Obese birds are much more susceptible to heat and stress during transport and slaughter and many end up with injuries including broken limbs.
The vast majority of Foie Gras is made up in France (80%) which has a long production history, France produces more than 18,000 tonnes of Foie Gras annually, slaughtering more than 30 million ducks and 700,000 thousand geese in the process. (Figures not to date for 2012)
How is Foie Gras made please read below;
The force feeding involves inserting a 6-10 inch tube down the throat and forcing large amounts of high carbohydrate (usually corn based) food in to the gullet using an endless screw or pneumatic mechanism. This is carried out 2-3 times a day with up to 500g of food being feed each time.
Ducks or geese hatched in the spring are typically raised in intensive conditions on ad lib feeding. In the autumn they are force fed for 2-3 weeks by gavage to massively increase their liver before being sent to slaughter.
Foie Gras has been banned in some countries, but not all, and as of immediate effect this has to end, failing which we will push for boycotts in all countries that allow this barbaric and abusive torture of our birds.
THE FOLLOWING DEMANDS MUST BE MET WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT OR ACTION WILL BE TAKEN BY US, THE INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION;
1. ALL FOIE GRAS PRODUCTION MUST BE HALTED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT IN ALL COUNTRIES THAT PRODUCE FOIE GRAS.
2. ALL FARMS THAT PRODUCE AND MANUFACTURE FOIE GRAS MUST STOP PRODUCTION WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT OR SANCTIONS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED AGAINST YOUR COUNTRY.
3. ALL GEESE AND DUCKS MUST BE PLACED ON A PROTECTION ORDER, PREVENTING ANYONE FROM PRODUCING FOIE GRAS.
4. A COMPLETE BAN ON ALL USAGE OF FOIE GRAS IN RESTAURANTS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.
5. A COMPLETE BAN ON ALL IMPORTS AND EXPORTS OF FOIE GRAS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.
6. A COMPLETE BAN ON ALL SALES IN HYPER MARKETS AND VENDORS OF FOIE GRAS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.
SHOULD OUR DEMANDS NOT BE MET, WE THE I.A.R.F (INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION) AND ACTIVISTS OF EUROPE AND INTERNATIONAL WATERS WILL SEEK TO BOYCOTT EVERY PRODUCT FROM ALL COUNTRIES THAT CONTINUE TO PRODUCE FOIE GRAS.
SHOULD OUR DEMANDS NO BE MET THEN WE, THE I.A.R.F (INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION) AND ACTIVISTS OF EUROPE AND INTERNATIONAL WATERS WILL SEEK TO EXPOSE ALL RESTAURANTS, IMPORTERS, EXPORTERS, AND INDIVIDUAL BUYERS.
WE DEMAND AND EXPECT THAT THE ALL ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENTS ADDRESSED HEREIN, TAKE HEED OF THIS NOTICE, FAILING WHICH THE DIRECT ACTION AS STATED ABOVE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED.
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