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Re: [animalrights-177] Fwd: Breaking News: MFA Investigation Exposes Sickening Cruelty at Amazon Foie Gras Supplier

From: Nicole P.
Sent on: Saturday, June 15, 2013 2:21 AM
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On Jun 14, 2013, at 10:00 PM, veganvet <[address removed]> wrote:

Friends of Animals,

Please join me in putting pressure on Amazon to stop supporting the cruelty of foie gras. 

Here is a link to ABC's Channel 7 news coverage of the Mercy For Animals press conference that Nathan Runkle and I spoke at this past Wednesday:

To learn more, check out

For the ducks,

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From: Mercy For Animals <[address removed]>
Date: Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 7:24 AM
Subject: Breaking News: MFA Investigation Exposes Sickening Cruelty at Amazon Foie Gras Supplier
To: [address removed]


Dear Armaiti,

Animal torture is just a click away at

Hidden-camera footage secretly recorded by a Mercy For Animals investigator at Hudson Valley Foie Gras—the country’s largest foie gras producer—reveals the systematic abuse of animals whose diseased livers are sold on Amazon.

French for “fatty liver,” foie gras is produced by shoving a metal pipe down the throats of ducks and force-feeding them three times a day for nearly three weeks. This painful process causes the birds’ livers to swell up to ten times the normal size. These diseased, fatty livers are marketed as foie gras.

Wired with a hidden camera, MFA’s investigator worked at Hudson Valley Foie Gras in New York and documented:

  • Workers violently grabbing ducks by their wings and necks and then shoving a metal pipe down their throats to force-feed them
  • Countless ducks hyperventilating as their unnaturally large livers pressed against their lungs making it difficult for them to breathe
  • Dead ducks—killed by the cruel force-feeding process—callously thrown away into garbage bins
  • Workers carelessly grabbing and tossing ducks by their fragile wings into transport cages
  • Birds with open, bleeding wounds left to suffer in tiny wire cages without proper veterinary care
  • Fully conscious ducks being shackled upside down and having their throats cut open, causing them to slowly bleed to death

Workers at this foie gras facility admit that the force-feeding process is so abusive that ducks routinely die from it. Some of the ducks simply choke to death, while others succumb to slow and painful suffocation as their unnaturally enlarged livers press against their lungs and make it impossible for them to breathe.

Force-feeding ducks to produce foie gras is so cruel it has been banned in California and more than a dozen countries. Costco, Safeway, Giant Eagle, Wolfgang Puck, and other leading retailers refuse to sell foie gras due to its inherent cruelty. Simply put, it’s blatant animal abuse that no socially conscious business should support.

Yet Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, continues to sell over 300 foie gras products to consumers worldwide.

Please join MFA in calling on Amazon to take a stand against this egregious cruelty to animals by prohibiting the sale of foie gras on its website. In the past, Amazon has ended the sale of other products due to their cruel production practices. It’s time for Amazon to implement an ethical and humane policy banning the sale of foie gras too.

Visit to watch the video, sign the petition, and learn more.


Nathan Runkle
Executive Director

PS. After you've asked Amazon to end the sale of foie gras, consider taking further action to help animals by exploring a vegan diet. Find tips here.



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