Campaign to End the Sale
and Production of Foie Gras
Foie gras, a "delicacy" produced by inducing fatty liver disease in ducks and geese through force feeding, is growing in popularity, thanks to the aggressive promotion of New York-based Hudson Valley Foie Gras, the nation's largest foie gras producer. But the cruelty of foie gras is being challenged around the world. The Israeli Supreme Court has banned foie gras production in one of the world's largest foie gras producing nations. The European Union has agreed to phase out the force feeding of ducks and geese over the next 14 years. The California legislature has a bill that if signed by Governor Schwartzeneger, will ban force feeding and foie gras sale in 7.5 years.
With 80% of the nation's foie gras produced in New York State, Wetlands, Earthsave, In Defense of Animals, and the League of Humane Voters have united as Ducksave, a coalition working to end foie gras production in New York state and to shut down demand for the product through legislation, public education, media outreach, protest, and consumer pressure.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Senator Robach and Assemblymember McEneny have introcuced bills in the New York State Legislature to ban force feeding for foie gras, Assembly Bill A1821 and Senate Bill S5153. Please contact your state Senator and Assemblymember and ask them to urge Senator Padavan and Assemblymember Robach to push these bills through the legislature. You can get their contact info at http://action.fund.org or by calling (201) 968-0595.
You can also contact Robach and Padavan directly.
Senator Frank Padavan
Room 505, State Capitol
Albany, NY 12247
You can email Senator Padavan via his website.
Assemblymember John McEneny
Albany, NY 12248
To learn more about the cruelty of foie gras, visit these websites:
No Foie Gras
CONTACT THE COALITION MEMBERS:
The Activism Center at Wetlands Preserve
PO Box 344
New York, NY 10108
Phone/Fax (call before faxing): (201) 968-0595
Contact: Adam Weissman
Earthsave New York City
Contact: Caryn Hartglass
In Defense of Animals
Contact: Lawrence Carter-Long
The League of Humane Voters of New York CIty
Contact: John Phillips