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Life Arts    H4'ed 7/31/13

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. 


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.


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. 


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