PETA US Asks Chef to Swear Off Foie Gras After Violent Force-Feeding, Deaths and Slaughter Found on Supplier’s Factory Farm
London – A new PETA US investigation of Hudson Valley Foie Gras, which supplies Manhattan restaurant Gordon Ramsay at The London, has revealed shocking cruelty to ducks at the factory farm, which calls itself the “premier producers of foie gras” in the US. PETA US has sent flamboyant celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay – who has rejected some of the pork industry’s worst factory-farming practices on his show The F Word – a request to stop selling foie gras. PETA US included video footage revealing how Hudson Valley Foie Gras workers shove steel tubes down ducks’ throats and dump huge amounts of grain into their bodies three times a day, every day, for weeks in order to sicken and enlarge the birds’ livers. At slaughter, ducks are hung upside down, have their throats slit and are left to bleed to death.
Experts have found that force-feeding causes oesophageal tears and splits, liver rupture and failure, heat stress and aspiration pneumonia – and by the company’s own calculation, some 15,000 ducks on the farm die every year before they make it to slaughter.
“Every exposé of foie gras farms has revealed how grotesquely cruel it is to jam pipes down birds’ throats and force-feed them until they sicken and die”, says PETA UK Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. “We hope Gordon Ramsay and other chefs will swear off this particular ‘f-word’ – foie gras – for good.”
This was not PETA US’s first visit to a New York foie gras factory farm. In 1991, at a farm that was later acquired by Hudson Valley Foie Gras, PETA investigators revealed cruel force-feeding and countless sick and injured ducks, including one whose maggot-covered neck wound was so severe that water spilled out of it when he drank.
PETA US’s letter to Gordon Ramsay is available here, and broadcast-quality video footage from PETA’s investigation is available upon request. For more information about the cruelty behind foie gras, please visit PETA.org.uk.
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Cruelty Free International is pleased to announce that Seattle-based cosmetics company Paula’s Choice LLC has been certified under the Leaping Bunny programme, managed in the USA and Canada by Cruelty Free International’s partner, the Coalition for Consumer information on Cosmetics (CCIC).
Paula’s Choice is a skin care and cosmetics company with distribution in 50 countries around the world. To find out more visit:
Paula’s Choice namesake founder Paula Begoun states, “All of us are thrilled to have this certification as definitive proof of our commitment to not testing on animals. Our pet friendly office with 15 dogs is proud of us, too.”
In their own words: Led by best-selling author and beauty expert Paula Begoun, the Paula’s Choice Research Team evaluates and reviews hundreds of skin-care and makeup products in books such as Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me. Combining cosmetics industry knowledge and expertise, Paula and her team have developed the Paula’s Choice line of state-of-the-art formulations based on reliable, published skin-care research. Products include skin-care, makeup, body and hair-care products. All products are fragrance-free, cruelty free, and environmentally friendly.
Cruelty Free International administers the Humane Cosmetics Standard, the most rigorous international certification programme for non-animal tested products in the world. Symbolised by the Leaping Bunny logo, Cruelty Free International guarantees that products from certified companies are cruelty-free.