End the Production of Foie Gras in Canada

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.

PETITION LETTER

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.

Sincerely

[Your Name Here]

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9 Comments

  1. Gross and sick..
    Why would anyone want to do this?

  2. Patricia Wicker says:

    How very cruel is this. If everyone knew about this surely would stop this. CRUEL SO VERY CRUEL

  3. MARTHA LIBIA PEÑA HERRERA says:

    LA CRUELDAD HACIA LOS ANIMALES SE HA EXTENDIDO A MUCHOS LUGARES DEL MUNDO. DEBEN PARAR ESTA MASACRE HACIA LOS GANSOS, SUFREN INNECESARIAMENTE A CASA DEL LUCRO DE LAS PERSONAS, SIN TENER EN CUENTA EL SUFRIMIENTO DE ESTOS POBRES ANIMALES.

  4. Jana Repova says:

    I´m sick of people that are able to do this and that are able to eat this under such a cruelty.

  5. Dee Cappelli says:

    We gain far more that is priceless and transformational by caring for, learning from and living in harmony with animals than by what is achieved from harming them. Animals teach us to be better humans.

  6. Ruth Rogers Ruth Rogers says:

    Signed and shared. Shared equals posted to facebook and twittered.

  7. CANADA WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND CHINA WHEN IT COMES TO ANIMAL CRUELTY? APSOLUTELY NOTHING..YOU ARE DESTROYING YOUR REPUTATION WHEN WILL YOU WAKE UP!!! STOP THE SLAUGHTER,THE OVER FEEDING,THE HUNTING….HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR YOUR NATION AND ITS NATURE/WILDLIFE.

  8. Canada is fast becoming a country known for its cruelty and brutality towards animals. The atrocities carried out in this country will soon be on a par with CHINA, and everyone knows what a hell-hole for all living species CHINA is!!!

  9. Helene Beck says:

    I wrote directly to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food in Canada, and I received the following reply:
    “Dear Ms. Beck:

    Thank you for your correspondence regarding the production of foie gras. I appreciate the time you have taken to share your concerns about this matter.

    The majority of producers in Canada understand the importance of good animal welfare practices. I share your concern for the welfare of farm animals and believe that they should be protected from unnecessary suffering; indeed, all levels of government agree that cruelty to animals is unacceptable and should not be permitted. Please be assured that whether ducks and geese are raised for foie gras production or for other purposes, it is expected that they will be humanely handled. When incidents occur, it is necessary and appropriate to be able to respond accordingly.

    In Canada, the care of animals, including birds, both on-farm and during production, falls largely within provincial jurisdiction—each provincial government is responsible for its own animal welfare legislation and related enforcement. I understand that reported cases of alleged animal abuse have been investigated by provincial authorities. I am confident that all measures will be taken to ensure that standards related to animal welfare are respected.

    At the federal level, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for administering and enforcing the Health of Animals Act, Health of Animals Regulations, Meat Inspection Act, and Meat Inspection Regulations, which regulate the humane transportation and slaughter of animals used in food production. The CFIA takes its mandate for animal welfare very seriously, and when violations of federal requirements covering humane transportation or slaughter are suspected, please be assured that the Agency takes appropriate action.

    Animal cruelty is unacceptable under the Criminal Code, and penalties provide an important deterrent. In April 2008, the Government of Canada amended the Criminal Code to significantly increase penalties, to enhance sentencing options available to the courts, and to send a strong message that the federal government does not tolerate animal cruelty.

    I trust that this information will be of assistance to you. Again, thank you for writing.

    Sincerely,”

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