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Monet and Mattisse, Foie Gras Ducks

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I have known about the horrors of Foie Gras Ducks for many years now, and think I can't learn anything new about them. But somehow each time one of the animal-welfare groups sends us an account of their rescued animals -- I always manage to gain new insights into how cruelly we treat them.   

This time Farm Sanctuary begins their newsletter about finding Monet and Matisse, two foie gras ducks whom they found dropped off in the dead of night at their New York Sanctuary. 

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A mystery of how these two were rescued and brought to the sanctuary, but indeed they were foie gras ducks because their bills were covered with sores from the feeding tubes.

These two were very lucky ducks indeed -- considering that hundreds of thousands of them will never leave the horrible "farms" where they are force-fed huge amounts of food through large pipes pushed down their throats.

The writer of this newsletter muses on how Monet and Matisse must have suffered in that foie gras factory.  Yes, I called it a farm but no way were they living on a farm. They probably began "life" there when they were only two or three months old. 

Imagine their pain when being grabbed by the neck and having a pipe inserted down their throats into which huge quantities of food was poured directly into their esophagus.

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Many birds choke and gasp for air, and many will even die from this cruel process.  But as Farm Sanctuary noted -- "Early and agonized death is just business as usual in the factory farm industry."

The only saving grace for these unfortunate foie gras ducks is that they will probably be slaughtered at five months of age. But of course, those five months of life were sheer hell for them. 

Thinking of hell, I'm always reminded of someone's wise observation re the animal condition.  This person felt that if animals could talk and they were asked who was their devil -- without hesitation they would point to man.  And I really couldn't blame them, because I have read so many incidences of cruelty done to them by man.     


With the work of Farm Sanctuary and many caring individuals, the California state legislature banned the production and sale of force-fed foie gras.  This compassionate law finally went into effect in 2012.  It made California the only place anywhere where it is illegal to sell and buy this cruel product. 

Not surprisingly, the profit-driven factory-farm industry is now suing to overturn the ban. Farm Sanctuary will have to go to court to make sure that this law remains. Yes, this will be costly.  I hope those of us who can, will help to defray the costs. 

Farm Sanctuary is also working to ban foie gras nationwide through its lawsuit against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Their inspectors are supposed to condemn diseased animal organs.  By definition, foie gras is a diseased liver -- so the USDA should not be condoning its production or sale for public consumption.

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And what about the Animal Welfare Act? If this isn't a gross violation of it, then I don't know what is.  This is terrible mistreatment of ducks and geese, causing them much suffering.  Many die as a result of this cruel force-feeding.

Farm Sanctuary also has a petition to the US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack -- demanding that the USDA do its legal duty and ban the sale of foie gras nationally.  Of course, I will sign it and I hope those of you who care, will find it at their internet site and sign it there.


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