Prosecutors Fail to Charge Foie Gras Producer Elevages Perigord Despite Documentation of Sickening Abuses



    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Aug. 23 /CNW/ -- Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading
farm animal protection agency expressed great disappointment today as Crown
Prosecutors in Quebec failed to charge the notorious foie gras producer
Elevages Perigord with animal cruelty despite the egregious abuses brought to
the attention of the court last month by Farm Sanctuary and Global Action
Network. The shocking undercover footage revealed workers in the facility:
    
    -- Tearing off the heads of live ducks
    -- Kicking, throwing and punching ducks
    -- Bashing live ducks against walls and floors
    -- Suffocating and crushing live ducklings
    -- Slaughter of fully-conscious ducks
    
    "The failure to prosecute represents a break down in the enforcement
system and does not speak to the legality or the morality of practices at
Elevages Perigord," said Gene Baur, President of Farm Sanctuary. "The
callousness, brutality and egregious cruelty involved in producing foie gras
is not supported by the majority of citizens in any country. The documentation
demonstrates a clear attitude of cruelty which is endemic to the foie gras
industry."
    Ducks and geese used in foie gras production are de-billed, de-toed and
forced to live in extreme confinement in filthy, poorly maintained cages.
Nutritionally incomplete gruel is pressure-pumped down their 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.
    
    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 http://www.farmsanctuary.org or by calling 607-
583-2225.




For further information:

For further information: Cara Hoffman of Farm Sanctuary, +1-607-583-2225
 ext. 254, choffman@farmsanctuary.org Web Site: http://www.farmsanctuary.org

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