AR-News: Foie Gras Production Under Attack in California, New York

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March 3, 2004


Foie Gras Production Under Attack in California, New York

“These people are cramming huge amounts of food down the throats of ducks
while children are starving.” – Animal Protection & Rescue League

“Forcing food down a bird’s gullet beyond the limits of its appetite will
cause pain and suffering. Force feeding quickly results in birds that are
obese and in a pathological state, called hepatic lipidosis or fatty liver
disease.” – Professor Ian Duncan, Poultry Welfare Specialist, University of
Guelph, Ontario.

A lawsuit by the Animal Protection & Rescue League (APRL) and In Defense of
Animals (IDA) alleges that the force-feeding of ducks results in “extreme,
unmitigated pain and suffering as well as crippling injuries to the ducks,
and that the owners of Sonoma Foie Gras are in violation of several sections
of the California penal code on animal welfare. An APRL investigation of the
farm last year revealed ducks too weak and overweight to defend themselves
as rats gnawed on their wounds, documented at” (APRL press
release, March 2, 2004).
	To get rid of foie gras, California lawmaker, Senate President Pro Tem John
Burton, has introduced a bill, SB 1520, that would ban foie gras from being
produced and consumed in California. Burton told to the Sacramento Bee
(March 1, 2004), “We just shouldn’t be cramming a tube down a duck’s throat
and forcing in food to make foie gras.”
	California and New York are the only US states that produce foie gras;
force feeding ducks and geese to make “fattened liver” is banned in Israel
(effective March 2005), Germany, and several other European countries. For
Information:,, and For more information on bills to ban foie gras
in California and New York:

What Can I Do?

·	Please write to your California State Senator by March 26th and ask him or
her to support SB 1520. Tell your Senator it is time to prohibit animal
cruelty practices, especially for luxury food items. Senators can be mailed
at the State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814. If you don’t know who
your state senator is, call 916-322-9900. For updates, contact or call 530-759-8106.

·	Write to your New York State Assembly member and State Senator, and ask
them to cosponsor AB 1821 and SB 5153, respectively (c/o Legislative Office
Building, Albany, NY 12248). Assembly Bill 1821 and Senate Bill 5153 would
amend the state animal cruelty law to make it “unlawful to force feed a
bird, by hand or machine, for the purpose of fatty enlargement of the bird’s

AB 1821 is sitting in the Assembly Committee on Agriculture, and SB 5153 is
sitting in the Committee on Rules. To get these bills heard and moving, New
York constituents must speak out! Call the Chairpersons of these committees
and urge them to bring up the bills for debate:

Assemblyman William Magee
Chair, Assembly Agriculture Committee
641 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
Ph: 518-455-4807
Mageew at

Senator Joseph L. Bruno
Chair, Senate Rules Committee
909 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
Ph: 518-455-3191
Bruno at

For more information on New York State, contact campaign at
or visit or call 607-583-2225 ext. 247.

·	Write letters to the editor against foie gras and against cruelty to
animals in all areas of animal food production. Urge people to try the
delicious vegan pates available at progressive food stores.

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