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Re: “Foie gras: Not so evil?

Every scientific review by a disinterested body has found that force-feeding is cruel to animals. The scientific consensus is so strong that foie gras' production is banned in more than a dozen countries, including Israel, whose Supreme Court considered all the scientific information on foie gras production and found that it can't be produced humanely—because force-feeding is inherently cruel.

Further, Foie gras has been denounced by literally every scientist with a history of concern regarding poultry welfare, from Canada's top poultry expert, Dr. Ian Duncan, to the United Kingdom's top poultry experts, Dr. Donald Broom and Dr. Christine Nichol. These scientists work for the poultry industries in their countries and are responsible for government agricultural policies. Dr. Nichol, a tenured poultry husbandry professor at the University of Bristol, explained that foie gras production, in all cases, "causes unacceptable suffering to these animals. ... It causes pain during and as a consequence of the force feeding, feelings of malaise as the body struggles to cope with extreme nutrient imbalance, and distress due to the forceful handling. The most extreme distress is caused by loss of control of the birds' most basic homeostatic regulation mechanism as their hunger control system is over-ridden."

With the many delicious vegan pâté options that are available, no one should be paying for animal abuse.

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Posted by Colleen on 12/22/2010 at 3:49 PM

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