I am appalled to learn from Mercy For Animals that you are allowing the sale of foie gras—the diseased livers of tortured ducks—on Amazon.com. Force-feeding animals to produce foie gras is so cruel it has been banned in California and more than a dozen countries. Recognizing its inherent cruelty, major restaurants and grocers refuse to sell foie gras, including Costco, Safeway, Target, Giant Eagle, Whole Foods Market, and Wolfgang Puck.
In the past, Amazon has barred the sale of whale meat, shark fin soup, and animal fighting videos. It's time for Amazon to implement an ethical policy against the sale of foie gras too. No socially responsible company should be supporting this type of blatant cruelty to animals.
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In May 2013, a Mercy For Animals investigator documented a culture of cruelty at Hudson Valley Foie Gras in Ferndale, New York, a company that falsely bills itself as "the humane choice for...
In May 2013, a Mercy For Animals investigator documented a culture of cruelty at Hudson Valley Foie Gras in Ferndale, New York, a company that falsely bills itself as "the humane choice for purchasing foie gras." The shocking undercover video footage shows:
Dr. Nedim Buyukmihci, emeritus professor of veterinary medicine at the University of California, wrote:
"This overfeeding will lead to liver enlargement and malfunction, causing chronic metabolic dysfunction and illness. The ducks at this facility, therefore, are being subjected to extremely inhumane conditions causing them to suffer greatly."
Workers at this foie gras facility admit that the force-feeding process is so abusive that ducks routinely die from it. Some of the ducks simply choke to death, while others succumb to slow and painful suffocation as their unnaturally enlarged livers press against their lungs and make it impossible for them to breathe.
Force-feeding birds to produce foie gras is considered so blatantly cruel that the practice has been outlawed in California and more than a dozen countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Israel.
A comprehensive report by the European Union's Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare examined the production of foie gras and unequivocally concluded: "[F]orce-feeding, as currently practised, is detrimental to the welfare of the birds."
Dr. Ward Stone, a senior wildlife pathologist at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, stated:
"[T]he short tortured lives of ducks raised for foie gras is well outside the norm of farm practice. Having seen the pathology that occurs from foie gras production, I strongly recommend that this process be outlawed."
According to Dr. Ian Duncan, a poultry welfare expert and professor in applied ethology at the University of Guelph in Canada,
"[F]orce feeding quickly results in birds that are obese and in a pathological state, called hepatic lipidosis or fatty liver disease. There is no doubt that in this pathological state, the birds will feel very ill. In my view it is completely unethical to deliberately promote a diseased state in an animal."
But it doesn't take a scientist to understand that foie gras production is cruel and unjustifiable. Leading chefs, restaurants, and grocery retailers, including Costco, Safeway, Wolfgang Puck, Giant Eagle, and Target, refuse to sell foie gras due to its inherent cruelty.Unfortunately, Amazon.com—the world's largest online retailer—perpetuates this blatant animal abuse by continuing to sell foie gras worldwide. Amazon.com has both the power and ethical responsibility to help end the cruel force-feeding of ducks by ending the sale of foie gras