Posted By: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
To: Members in 161 Causes

Urge Gelson’s Markets to Drop Foie Gras

Because of the extreme cruelty involved in the production of foie gras—the diseased and “fatty liver” of force-fed ducks and geese—many restaurants and grocery stores around the world have stopped serving and selling it. Yet California-based grocery chain Gelson’s Markets refuses to stop selling foie gras.

Ducks raised for foie gras are kept in small wire cages or packed into sheds. Pipes are repeatedly shoved down the birds’ throats, and up to 4 pounds of grain and fat are pumped into their stomachs two or three times every day. The pipes puncture many birds’ throats, sometimes causing the animals to bleed to death. This cruel practice causes the birds’ livers to become diseased and swell to up to 10 times their normal size. Many birds become too sick to stand up. The birds who survive theforce-feeding are killed, and their livers are sold for foie gras.

After thousands of you contacted Gelson’s, the company’s president, Robert E. Stiles, informed PETA that Gelson’s would continue to sell foie gras until the supermarket chain is forced to stop when the California ban against foie gras takes effect in mid-2012. Please write to Gelson’s and urge the company to stop selling foie gras today!

Thank you for taking action to help the ducks and geese who suffer in the making of this cruel product.

Sincerely,

Tracy Reiman

Executive Vice President

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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