Target: Governor of California Jerry Brown
Goal: Ban the use and sale of foie gras in California restaurants
A federal judge recently overturned a ban on foie gras in California, a decision that was celebrated by chefs. Animal welfare activists, however, are protesting the decision. Foie gras is produced by overfeeding ducks and geese in a painful process to fatten their liver. Foie gras is commonly used as a spread and is considered a delicacy, but animals shouldn’t be force fed and then killed to satisfy a human craving. Sign this petition and tell Governor Jerry Brown to ban the use of this cruel food product in restaurants.
The issue of banning foie gras has been hotly contested by companies and restaurants. In 2012, California issued a ban on foie gras that upset chefs and eaters. For several years they battled against the ban until a federal judge overturned the decision. However, animal rights and welfare groups, such as PETA, have begun protesting once more. Many chefs want the item back on their menu as many customers enjoy and demand the product. To restaurants, foie gras is a great selling point.
Acquiring foie gras requires force feeding ducks or geese. The first four weeks of a duck or goose’s life is spent being force fed a high-protein, high-starch diet meant to make the animal grow rapidly. The animals spend much of this time in small cramped cages in semi-darkness; they are not allowed outside and get very little exercise. Everyday these animals eat four pounds of food that is forced down their necks through a feeding tube. Feeding through this process can make the liver grow as much as 10 times its normal size, and oftentimes results in the painful death of the bird.
Animal activists realized how cruel and inhumane it is to make this product. No animal should ever be subjected to this procedure, but humans are willing to force feed an animal to obtain a delicacy. Do not let this abuse continue. Sign this petition and urge Governor Jerry Brown to issue a ban on foie gras across the state.
Dear Governor Brown,
Recently, California’s ban on foie gras was lifted by a federal judge. It is unfortunate that this decision was made, as foie gras requires an animal to be abused. Why California, or any other state, would sanction such treatment is beyond me. As I’m sure you’re aware of how this product is made, I urge you to think of yourself in the place of the duck or goose that is being force fed. If a human were treated this way, I’m sure you and many other people would protest. I don’t understand why humans cannot summon the same sympathy for another living creature.
I implore you to reinstate this ban on foie gras. I understand that many restaurants will be angered by this decision, but we humans shouldn’t condone animal cruelty–we should be fighting against it.
[Your Name Here]
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