The international animal protection organization Animal Equality publishes today the findings of an investigation into a French duck farm which supplies foie gras to Euralis, the largest producer in the world. Euralis owns brands 'Rougie' and 'Montfort' that are sold across Europe. Euralis also produces foie gras in Canada and sells this product throughout the U.S. under the brand 'Rougie.'
A new Animal Equality investigation exposes cruel scenes of animal suffering at Caracierzos farm, which is the second largest producer and distributor of foie gras in Spain. Caracierzos SL supplies Collverd and Martiko: Collverd commercialises foie gras on a national scale in shops and restaurants. The company also exports to France, Holland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and China. The Director of Collverd is Jordi Terol, who is also Vice-President of Eurofoiegras (the European Committee for the foie gras industry).
Animal Equality presents a shocking new undercover investigation into the foie gras industry in the EU. Animal Equality investigators visited 4 ‘traditional’ farms located in the south west of France and 5 farms in Catalonia, Spain.
In each one of the farms visited, Animal Equality documented shocking scenes of physical violence and psychological suffering.
Olga Posse, the Owner of the foie gras farm ‘Momotegui’ admits that she kills the animals without stunning them. This way the animals will bleed to death much faster, as they are moving around and flapping their wings. Olga has stated that this process makes the foie gras, which is sold in Mugaritz, "higher quality".
Animal Equality has documented the entire process of production of foie gras farms in Catalonia, from when the ducklings arrive from French hatcheries only a few hours old, to where they are subjected to the force-feeding process and finally killed. We ask for the immediate closure of these operations, aswell as a prohibition of the production, supply and sale of foie gras in Spain.
To be sent to: Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy.
The production of foie gras has been banned in Argentina, Austria, California (USA), Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Holland, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. The only European Union countries where it is permitted are Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Hungary and Spain.
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"The struggle of the ducks to survive was something that could also be heard. The sound of their pounding feet against the metal was overwhelming. Its intensity was gradually reduced, from a great racket to a slight tinkling noise, as the animals slowly died.
I witnessed something: the kernels sprung from the crops of the ducks at the time that they were stabbed to death. The animals were literally saturated with the food that they had been forced to swallow. The scene was pretty nasty, as the corn was mixed with blood that was splattered on the walls and floor, forming a strange mixture."
— July, 26th 2011. Induànec, Bescanó (Girona).
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