Farm Sanctuary Presses Canadian Government to Investigate Foie Gras Industry Amidst New Evidence of Cruelty

    New Video Reveals Scope of Abuse on Canada's Largest Foie Gras Farms

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Oct. 1 /CNW/ -- Farm Sanctuary, North America's
leading farm animal protection organization and environmental group Global
Action Network (GAN) are taking their fight against foie gras to the federal
level in Canada. Farm Sanctuary now has undercover footage of horrifying
abuses committed at three of the largest foie gras production facilities in
Canada. The sickening images captured inside Palmex, Aux Champs D'Elise, and
Elevages Perigord, demonstrate that a culture of torture and abuse pervades
the foie gras industry.
    The most recent video from Aux Champs D'Elise includes the all too
familiar scenes of force feeding and rough handling but also reveals shocking
footage of a worker under the age of 18 cutting the head off a live duck with
a hunting knife.
    "We are asking the Canadian Government to investigate the foie gras
industry and hold the industry, and the owners of these businesses accountable
for the rampant abuse which has been documented," said Gene Baur, president of
Farm Sanctuary. Farm Sanctuary and GAN have submitted video evidence and
expert testimony to the local authorities, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
and the Department of Agriculture.
    According to Andrew Plumbly, a director of Global Action Network, "Foie
gras production methods are inherently cruel and the existence of this
industry, that so obviously disregards animal welfare, debases and degrades
every Canadian. Canada needs to ban the production of foie gras now."
    Male ducks and geese used in foie gras production in Canada are
de-billed, de-toed and forced to live in extreme confinement in filthy cages.
The female ducklings are discarded as trash, as their livers do not grow at
the same rate as the males. Nutritionally incomplete gruel is pressure-pumped
down the drakes' throats through a metal pipe several times a day. This force
feeding is known to cause bruising, lacerations, sores, trauma, and even
death. It also creates the grossly oversized and diseased "fatty liver" for
which foie gras is named. Gasping, regurgitating and struggling to move, the
birds endure this process every day at the end of their short lives.
    Seventy-two percent of the foie gras imported into the U.S. comes from
Canada. A leading distributor of foie gras in the United States is D'Artagnan,
owned by Ariane Daguin. Daguin is an active member of the Artisan Farmer's
Alliance, a group formed to promote foie gras consumption, after laws were
passed in California and Chicago to end the production and sale of the
notoriously cruel product.
    Daguin continues to claim the foie gras D'Artagnan sells is "natural" and
produced by small sustainable family farms; that ducks are not abused, and
that the ducks' livers are not destroyed. Daguin's claims, while part of a
marketing campaign by the Artisan Farmer's Alliance, could not be further from
the truth. D'Artagnan's primary Canadian supplier is in fact Palmex. Revealed
in all its brutality in Farm Sanctuary's footage, Palmex is a factory farm
which holds thousands of birds, who are force fed to produce the liver disease
that gives foie gras its particular flavor. Scientific evidence has also
linked foie gras consumption with human health risks.
    Baur added, "We're not concerned about the outrageous claims Ms. Daguin
makes about the production of foie gras. She's economically dependent on
cruelty, and therefore not the most reliable source. We have science,
photographic evidence and public opinion on our side. Torture is torture, and
it must end."
    About Farm Sanctuary
    Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection
organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose
and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through research and
investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects,
youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters
in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds
of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by
educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional
information can be found at or by calling 607-

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For further information: Cara Hoffman of Farm Sanctuary, +1-607-583-2225
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