Contact Your Local Councillor!
More and more council across
Britain are banning foie-gras from council buildings and events, as
well as writing to businesses to say that foie-gras is no longer
welcome. To do this, it needs to come from a local person - i.e.
you! Below is information on how to do this.
We can provide you a short film on DVD that you
can send to them, as well as other materials. If you would like them
I would suggest writing to
your councillor to consider putting forward a motion similar to the
one that was successful in York (below).
the any materials we have sent to you with an explanation of where
they are from. Say that, as a local person, you are concerned that
foie-gras is being sold near where you live and you would like the
council to follow York's lead by cementing their opposition to this
cruel trade. If they want more information they can always contact us.
include in you letter something along the lines of:
local person, I urge you to follow the lead of York where the council
recently declared all council building foie-gras free zones and
encouraged local businesses to ditch this 'torture in a tin'.
I am very disappointed that
foie-gras is freely for sale in my local area (check that it is!)
and I urge you to take this opportunity to take an ethical decision
and vote for animal welfare.
Foie-gras is the grossly enlarged liver of a duck or goose and is
essentially a disease, marketed as a delicacy. Birds raised for this
'gourmet' cruelty are force-fed enormous quantities of food through a
long metal pipe, three times a day. This process of deliberate and
painful overfeeding continues for up to a month by which time the
birds' livers have swelled to ten times their normal size. Force
feeding results in the premature deaths of around 1 million birds in
France every year.
not produced in Britain, as the Government has made it clear that its
production would contravene existing animal welfare regulations, but
sadly it is still perfectly legal to import it. Even the previous
Government minister responsible for animal welfare, Ben Bradshaw,
encouraged a consumer boycott. Its production has been outlawed in
Poland, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Israel. It will soon be banned in
the State of California.
opinion is very much against the sale of foie-gras. Last December,
supermarket chain Lidl removed foie-gras after animal
campaigning group Viva! contacted them and detailed the cruelty behind
its production and wholesalers Makro quickly followed. Recently
department store House of Fraser and Harvey Nichols have banned
foie-gras on ethical grounds.
Below I have
included the motion that was successful in York:
to produce foie gras,
at just 12 weeks old ducks and geese are restrained and grain is
forced down the throat through a tube or pipe, a process that often
results in physical injury
they are forcibly fed
the equivalent to an adult human eating 1-28 lbs (7-13kg) of
spaghetti a day; and after two or three weeks, when they are ready
for slaughter, their livers will have swelled to about ten times its
normal size. Their swollen liver expands the abdomen and can make
movement and breathing difficult, as well as causing other health
most ducks are kept
in wire cages so small they have no room to turn around or stretch
their wings, and their feet are often injured by the wire floor
many die before the
end of the force feeding cycle ends and the mortality rate for ducks
raised on foie gras farms is overwhelmingly the highest in the
the force-feeding of
geese is already outlawed in Poland, Denmark, Germany, Norway and
Council believes that:
cruel and painful practice is unnecessary and should end;
the city of Chicago,
USA, has shown tremendous compassionate leadership in their brave
decision to ban foie gras in its shops and restaurants
the torture of small
innocent animals should not be a matter of personal dietary choice"
see the information enclosed from Viva!. I also encourage you to view
footage of foie-gras production enclosed.
implore you to take action so that our council takes a stand against
the intolerable cruelty involved in foie-gras production.
for your time."