Target: Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Goal: To shut down Canada’s foie gras industry once and for all.
The production of foie Gras, or “fatty liver,” dates back to Egyptian times and entails the force feeding of ducks so as to enhance the flavor of their, then fatty, livers. Workers on foie gras farms pump mixtures into the livers of ducks by sticking metal tubes down their throats in order to achieve this end. If this does not sound bad enough, Canada’s largest foie gras farm Elevages Perigod, located in Quebec, was recently exposed for treating their ducks with even less care. In video footage taken by an undercover investigator, ducks workers work shown pulling of the head of ducks, deliberately crushing them against walls and floors, as well as suffocating baby ducks and leaving them freeze to death in trash cans.
The foie gras phenomenon is fairly concentrated, and Quebec has one of the largest foie gras industries in the world. It is estimated that 500,000 ducks per year lose their lives as a result of Quebec’s foie gras production. This number has only increased since the inception of the Canadian foie gras industry 12 years ago: according to Global Action Network, “in that time production has increased to 8,500 livers per week, for a total output of 2 tons.” These numbers are obscene given the harsh lives these ducks must lead in order to merely produce food products and supply these companies with money.
Not only is the production of foie gras in itself inhumane, but practices such as these are unsanitary and unnecessarily cruel. It is time for Canada to follow in the footsteps of countries such as Israel, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom who have already outlawed the production of foie gras. Urge Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to implement laws banning the production of foie gras in Canada.
Dear Gerry Ritz,
I am sure that you are well aware of the cruelty involved in the production of foie gras. However, perhaps you are not aware of the extent of this cruelty at Elevages Perigod, Quebec’s leading foie gras farm. Workers at Elevages Perigod were exposed not only treating ducks inhumanely, but in a way which was entirely unsanitary. Not only is Elevages Perigod, the leading supplier of foie gras in Quebec, violating the Criminal Code of Canada and the 1990 Meat Inspection Act, but they are partaking in acts that are unnecessarily cruel: the ends of these actions (whether for taste or monetary profit) are not worth the methods of their production.
Israel, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom have already banned the production of foie gras, and it is time the Canada did the same. There is no reason that ducks should be subjected to such harsh and debilitating treatment, and it cannot be allowed to go on any longer. Elevages Perigord, Aux Champs Delise, Palmex and all other smaller foie gras farms in Canada must be shut down. Please take a stand in this matter and end this unnecessary cruelty.
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