Amazon targeted over animal cruelty
On-line day of action planned
Campaign group Viva is asking consumers to take action against Amazon over the sale of foie-gras.
The food is produced by force-feeding ducks and geese so much food that their livers expand by up to ten times its natural size. In France 38-40 million birds are force-fed annually but its production is illegal in Britain because of animal cruelty.
Dubbed ‘torture in a tin’ by activists, they hope a concerted campaign against the retailer will force its removal from the site.
Viva! is working in association with French group Stop Gavage/L214 to expose the true face of foie-gras production in France – where the vast majority is still produced.
A recent investigation at a farm belonging to a producer (Labeyrie), whose products are currently on sale on Amazon, shows distressing scenes of ducks being force-fed huge amounts of grain with pneumatic pumps.
According to Viva "These birds are in group cages – which are theoretically a welfare improvement over individual cages used by most foie-gras producers in France. However, to incapacitate them and prevent them from avoiding being force-fed, an automatic bar pins the ducks to the floor of the cage and it is feared that this new system will only compound the suffering."
Amazon has already banned the the sale of whale or dolphin meat so campaigners are confident that with the right amount of pressure they will also ban foie-gras.
Day of Action
Viva are calling for an online Day of Action tomorrow (Saturday 9 March 2013) and are encouraging people to email Amazon over its sale of foie-gras. You can do this on the Viva website.
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