Experts

Bernard E. Rollin, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, USA.

"What most clearly emerges from this video is a stark portrait of the discrepancy between our technological abilities and our moral sensibilities. Whereas sadism is well-illustrated in many animal atrocity videos, this one is even worse, for the workers seem totally unaware of what they are doing, their affect a model of indifference."

Dr. Erika Sullivan
Veterinarian, Canada.

"Ducks are force-fed by having a metal gavage tube forced down their esophagus and into their crop (stomach). In fact, the mere act of "forcing" it, as evidenced by the blood on the apparatus in the video, is evidence of the trauma and inflammation and thus pain that this can inflict.

The fact that the staff member commented to the reporter on blood "not being a problem" is reflective of the staff's inability to recognise suffering.

The animals are then slaughtered and the diseased liver is processed for human consumption. If humans had to watch this video prior to purchasing the product, I sincerely doubt it would sell."

Dr. Katherine van Ekert
President, Sentient - The Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics, Australia.

"Ducks were housed in high density cages which causes distress and frustration due to the limitations it imposes on freedom to exercise and display normal behaviors.

The use of the force-feeding pole represented significant risks to bird welfare. Workers displayed rough handling behaviours, grabbing the ducks' necks which could have caused pain and stress, represented by the birds panting and attempting to move away from the approaching workers."

Rosemary Elliott
Veterinarian, Sentient - The Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics, Australia.

"Animals were force fed using metal poles. Ducks were seen to suffer stress as a result of this procedure, opening their mouths and panting, as well as displaying the typical counter-predator response of hissing at the workers as they were approached.

This procedure also has the potential to cause significant trauma and associated pain to the tongue, mouth, oesophagus and crop as the pole is inserted. Evidence of this was seen when a pole was extracted from one of the ducks and it had a significant amount of fresh blood on an entire vertical surface.

Pain and discomfort can be expected to result from the perpetually distended intestinal tracts as a result of excess feed consumption in order to induce high body fat percentages. Concurrently, the manifestation of the desired fatty liver (hepatic lipidosis) would also be a source of pain and discomfort; this condition signifying a diseased state which is eventually fatal."

European Scientific Committee of Animal Health and Animal Welfare
Formed by specialists in veterinary medicine, ethology, zoology, agricultural sciences and neurobiology.

"There is evidence that the structure and function of the liver are severely altered and compromised in ducks and geese that are force-fed. The European Scientific Committee of Animal Health and Animal Welfare conclude that force-feeding, as currently practiced, is detrimental to the welfare of the birds."

Dr. D.J. Alexander
Member of the European Scientific Committee of Animal Health and Animal Welfare.

"The only acceptable recommendation that the Committee can do is to put an end to the force-feeding of ducks and geese. And the best way to achieve this is by prohibiting the production, importation, distribution and sale of foie gras."

Yvan Beck
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liège, Belgium.

"The production of foie gras, particularly in factory farms, generates physical and behavioural suffering to waterfowl. This is a fact. The real debate about this industry is if you accept it or not."

American Veterinary Medical Association
Non-profit association representing over 82,500 veterinarians in the U.S.

"The force-feeding does not consider the preferences of animals and their homeostasis or internal, physical and psychological balance. There is currently no alternative to force-feeding to obtain an equivalent product."

 

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