Monday, July 23, 2007

New Website Launched Exposes Cruelty of Foie Gras

Shocking footage of what really goes on to create foie gras. The new site can be found at


Farm Sanctuary Launches New 'No Foie Gras' Website, Releases Shocking Video

Farm Animal Protection Organization Leads the Fight to End Sale and
Production of Foie Gras

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., July 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farm Sanctuary,
the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, has launched a
new website with expanded and updated information on the production of the
cruelly produced delicacy known as "foie gras." The web address,, will remain the same. Farm Sanctuary web
administrator Tim McGlynn, working in conjunction with Boston Web Design,
has created a site that is visually compelling, simple to navigate and
provides expanded information to meet the needs of activists, citizens,
educators, researchers and journalists.
"We are extremely pleased with the launch," said Farm Sanctuary
President Gene Baur, "and happy to be able to offer this comprehensive
information on such a critical issue. When people understand and actually
see how foie gras is produced they reject it as completely out of step with
a society that values compassion. This new site will go a long way in
bringing out the truth about the gratuitous violence involved in this
archaic and unacceptable practice."
Foie gras (translated from French as "fatty liver") is produced by
force- feeding ducks and geese two or three times each day through a pipe
shoved down their throats. The force-feeding can cause painful bruising,
lacerations, sores, and even organ rupture. Due to this unhealthy and
unnatural diet, the birds' livers become diseased and swell up to 10 times
their normal size, making it difficult for them to walk or even breathe.
Foie gras production is banned in more than a dozen countries; as well as
California and Chicago.
The launch of the site coincides with the release of a new video, Foie
Gras: Culinary Cruelty, a compelling and informative DVD revealing the
truth about the elitist "delicacy" available by direct order from the site.
Part of an ongoing campaign by Farm Sanctuary to end the production and
sale of foie gras, the 12-minute film features commentary by Wildlife
Pathologist Dr. Ward B. Stone, from the NY Department of Conservation, Dr.
Holly Cheever, DVM, and Farm Sanctuary President Gene Baur. Veterinarians
and other animal experts, along with religious leaders, businesses and
legal scholars, have called for an end to the production of foie gras for
reasons that will be manifestly clear to anyone who views the heart
wrenching footage captured in Culinary Cruelty.
"I urge everyone to see this sobering portrait of institutionalized
torture endured by ducks on the foie gras assembly line," said Farm
Sanctuary President Gene Baur. "People have a right to know how a product
gets to their plate, and once learning about the cruelties involved in
producing foie gras, members of the public have consistently cast their
votes for compassion."
Foie Gras: Culinary Cruelty can be ordered directly from Farm
Sanctuary's website. For more information about how you can help end foie
gras production, go to

About Farm Sanctuary
Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection
organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to
expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through
research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public
awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts.
Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif. provide
lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors
for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of
factory farming. Additional information can be found at or by calling 607-583-2225.

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