Target: Jeffrey Bezos, CEO of Amazon; Michael Aeyal Ginor, President of Hudson Valley Foie Gras
Goal: Stop illegal shipment of foie gras into California
Foie gras, an edible paste made of duck or goose liver, has been banned in California since July of 2012. Foie gras is commonly produced by force-feeding geese and ducks to expand their livers to abnormal size, an excruciating process for the animals involved. July 2012 marked the end of an eight-year period, enacted by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004, in which foie gras producers were supposed to find a more ethical means of producing the delicacy. When they could not, foie gras was banned in the state of California.
Foie gras is produced by feeding ducks and geese exessive amounts of cornmeal so that their livers swell to 10 times their normal size. The larger an animal’s liver, the more foie gras it can produce. This results in a series of painful conditions throughout the animal’s body, due partially to the violence of force-feeding methods and partially to the inefficiency of a swollen, unhealthy liver. This inhumane practice has caused a ban on foie gras in states throughout the US and countries throughout the world.
Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, has been investigating the foie gras issue, acting as a watchdog toward those groups who might want to transport the food into the state illegally. They found that some retailers are obtaining foie gras by purchasing it through online superstore Amazon.com. Amazon then ships the substance into California.
It’s time to speak up to Amazon headquarters, denouncing the production, sale and consumption of foie gras and insisting that all shipment of the substance stop. Sign this petition and urge Amazon and its retailers to stop the illegal shipment of foie gras into California.
Dear Mr. Bezos and Mr. Ginor,
As I’m sure you know, the sale and possession of foie gras is illegal in the state of California. This is because the production of foie gras is entirely inhumane. Ducks and geese are force-fed cornmeal until their livers swell to ten times the normal size. This causes excrutiating pain for the animals, as well as a series of often fatal physical ailments.
However, restaurants are still able to serve the grotesque delicacy by ordering it online through your suppliers. I ask that you obey state law and immediately cease foie gras shipments into California.
[Your Name Here]