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Quebec Foie Gras Investigation


The documentary video shows slaughterhouse workers pulling heads off of live ducks, smashing ducks into floors and walls and cutting the throats of fully conscious ducks. Workers repeatedly punch, kick and throw live ducks. Baby ducklings are crushed and suffocated to death in plastic garbage bags. Other ducklings are left to freeze to death in minus 20 degree weather in metal trash cans.

Shame on the Province of Quebec and the federal government of Canada for not taking the appropriate actions to stop this injustice. There is no excuse for turning a blind eye to such cruel treatment of animals.


The entire Canadian foie gras industry is located in Quebec.

•    Three producers – Elevages Perigord, Aux Champs Delise and Palmex – account for the majority of production, but there are several other small producers in the Province.

• Quebec has been producing foie gras for only 12 years. But in that time production has increased to 8500 livers per week, for a total output of 2 tons.

• Today, about 500,000 ducks are killed each year in Quebec’s foie gras industry.

• According to Quebec foie gras producers, they export about 30% of their products to the United States, 10% to the rest of Canada and the remainder is consumed within Quebec.


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Letter to
Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Honorable Gerry Ritz
There have been numerous reports from a plethora of sources documenting the serious violations of the animal welfare provisions in the Criminal Code of Canada and the 1990 Meat Inspection Act regarding the Canadian foie gras industry.

It has been documented that slaughterhouse workers routinely pull heads off of live ducks, smash ducks onto floors and walls, and cut the throats of fully conscious ducks.

Furthermore, it has been reported that workers routinely punch, kick, and throw around live ducks.

Likewise, ducklings have been known to freeze to death in minus 20 degree weather in metal trash cans.

Unfortunately, it seems as if no one wants to address this serious issue, including the government of Canada. Although this inaction does little for the image of Canada, and specifically Quebec, it certainly speaks volumes of the elected politicians and the news agencies in Canada and Quebec.

Such cruelty is a serious atrocity to the sanctity of animal life. I urge you as a citizen of the world to pursue all necessary action to immediately halt these inhumane practices.

Yours sincerely,

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