Because of the extreme cruelty involved in the production of foie gras—the diseased and "fatty liver" of force-fed ducks and geese—many restaurants and grocery stores around the world have stopped serving and selling it. PETA has shared the shocking undercover video footage of foie gras farms with California-based grocery chain Gelson's Markets, yet the company continues to sell foie gras in its stores.
Please write to Gelson's and urge the company to stop selling foie gras.
Investigations of foie gras farms in the U.S. and overseas have documented countless sick, dead, and dying birds, including some animals who were found suffering from holes in their necks after pipes had been forced down their throats. One investigation in New York found ducks crammed into wire cages. Animals' beaks were bloody, and their wings were twisted together. At another foie gras farm, in Europe, birds were found dangling by wires as blood spilled from their neck wounds onto live animals beneath them.
Foie gras production is so cruel that it has been condemned by the pope and is prohibited in 15 countries, including the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.
Please take a moment to write to Robert E. Stiles, president of Gelson's Markets, and politely urge him to stop selling foie gras at all of the company's stores.
Gelson's Markets touts itself as "extraordinary," so it's extraordinarily disappointing that the company would continue to offer a product so abhorrent to anyone with an ounce of compassion. Please immediately stop selling foie gras.