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Foie Gras Violent Food

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15-03-2007

Maria Daines/Paul Killington

 

Foie gras (translated literally from French as "fatty liver" and pronounced 'fwah grah') is produced by cruel and inhumane farming practices. At just a few months old, ducks are confined inside dark sheds and force-fed enormous amounts of food several times a day. A farm worker grabs each duck and, one by one, thrusts a metal pipe down their throats so that a mixture of corn can be forced directly into their gullets. In just a matter of weeks, the ducks become grossly overweight and their livers expand up to 10 times their normal size.
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Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight. Albert Schweitzer

Dear all,

this song started in my mind a few days ago. I was shopping in our local town and a French food market was visiting selling tins of Foie Gras. I wanted to stop the traffic, shout up and down the street how awful this product is, tell everyone how the geese and ducks suffer terribly to have their bodies dismembered for a food, a so called delicacy!

So here's our protest in song and I make no apology for the swearing, the animals need a bold voice in this instance, to speak out against such freakish cruelty. Can you imagine being forced (via a metal pipe) to eat so much food everyday that your liver explodes???? How can the human race inflict such pain onto sentient creatures in 2007?

I will sign every petition I can find to ban Foie Gras because I believe that each single act of compassion for animals, each signature, each voice, will have a positive effect globally and one day maybe we will begin to treat animals with the respect and care they truly deserve.

Please feel free to download & share this song to spread the message! Say NO to cruelty!

Best wishes
Maria xx



The aftermath from the rear view -

- Foie Gras Violent Food -

It comes in tins looks harmless enough
Not a feather or a beak is visible
It's advertised as posh man's grub
But it should be deemed inedible!

Do you know how Foie Gras gets to you?
Do you know the painful tale?
Ducks n' geese implode, explode
Then it's tinned n' put on sale!

For God's sake who eats food like this?
Who wants to chomp on crap n' piss?
Who likes eating rotting liver?
Foie Gras should be banned forever!

The geese n' ducks can't tell you how they live or how they die
Nobody can justify this horror for any price
It's madness in a so called civilised democracy
Consuming violent food is not a delicacy!

So wake up people, turn away, this paté is disgusting
If you eat shit you'll feel like it n' your conscience will be rusting!
Sign petitions, tell your friends, Foie Gras's not the food of kings
It's filthy, rotten to the core and the only way to stop it...
Is by lobbying the law!!

© Maria Daines/Paul Killington
All Rights Reserved
(mcps) ASCAP
15.03.07

Fun fact -

A Chicago chef has created a cruelty free Foie Gras called 'Faux Gras' well done to him!!

Below is an alert I received from Chris Pollard with lots of info about Foie Gras and what happens to the ducks and geese who are part of the industry of this product.

Know the facts behind this sickening industry !

Ducks and Geese used for Foie Gras often die from being force-fed up to 2 pounds of grain per day.

Foie gras is one of the most sickening examples of humans' using cruelty to get “luxury.” The term “foie gras” literally means “fatty liver.” It is the bloated liver of male ducks and geese who are force-fed enormous quantities of food until their livers expand well beyond their normal size. Workers ram pipes down the birds' throats two or three times a day and pump as much as 4 pounds of grain and fat into the animals' stomachs while the birds desperately struggle to get away. The pipes puncture many birds' throats, sometimes causing them to bleed to death or suffer painful wounds. On some farms, a single worker may be expected to force-feed 500 birds three times each day. Because of this rush, animals are often treated roughly and left injured and suffering.

Many birds have difficulty standing because of their engorged livers, and they may tear out their own feathers and cannibalize each other because of stress.

Undercover video footage taken at Sonoma Foie Gras shows rats eating the flesh of live ducks who are too bloated and crippled to defend themselves.

VIDEO LINK

This torture lasts 12 to 21 days and causes the birds' livers to bloat until they are up to 10 times their normal size. Because of the injuries and disease caused by force-feeding, the death rates on Foie Gras farms are between 10 and 25 times higher than the mortality rates on other duck and geese farms, and carcasses of animals from these farms show wing fractures and severe tissue damage to the throat muscles.

Force-feeding ducks and geese is illegal in several countries, and Chicago banned the sale of Foie Gras in 2006.

The practice of force-feeding ducks and geese to produce Foie Gras is undeniably cruel. A 1996 report by Belgian veterinarians states, “There is absolutely no doubt that force-feeding subjects them to physiological and behavioral suffering which dramatically reduces their well-being.” The report further concludes that “force feeding constitutes a reprehensible practice from an ethical point of view.”

Foie gras is so inhumane that, in 2004, the state of California banned the production and sale of products made by force-feeding animals, and in 2006, the city of Chicago enacted its own Foie Gras ban.14,15 The practice has also been outlawed in the U.K., Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, and Israel.

Read more about this cruel industry.

FOIE GRAS DELICACY OF DESPAIR

LEEDS MP MAKES STAND AGAINST FOIE GRAS

You can help by signing these petitions -

PETITION!!!!

INTERNATIONAL PETITION, STOP GAVAGE

BAN FOIE GRAS IN PHILADELPHIA, EVERY CITY COUNTS!

STOP SELLING FOIE GRAS PRODUCTS AT AMAZON.COM PETITION

AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION PETITION

NO FOIE GRAS.ORG

MYSPACE SITE WITH LOTS OF INFO

And by making your feelings known here -

www.food24.com

Via the forum on Foie Gras.

Thank you!

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Christopher Charles Pollard
Singer/Songwriter & Author

And yes we know how our food comes to us - we are proud vegetarians !

John XX111 wrote .....
Man must never hurt animals. Must never ill treat them nor torture them physically because they are sensitive creatures. If anyone told me that to achieve my purpose it would be sufficient to kill an ant, I would not do it.

I believe in free speech and peaceful protest. I believe in a compassionate world where animals are treated with respect and I believe the human race has much to learn from our beautiful voiceless friends. Animals endure tremendous injustice and cruelty at the hands and scarce mercy of man. I do not condone violence of any kind but I will always speak out musically and verbally for animals in distress. If you ask me whether I am an animal rights advocate or an animal welfare advocate I will tell you that I do not believe there can be effective and protective animal welfare laws without animals having the right to live without pain. I will always be 100 per cent on the side of the animals and I admire those that are willing to voice their opinion for the defenceless.

Maria Daines 2007


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