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PETA Celebrates Victory for Birds Force-Fed and Maimed
For Immediate Release:October 1, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Fort Worth, Texas -- After receiving PETA's undercover exposé revealing the extreme suffering of geese
and ducks on foie gras farms, Fort Worth–based American Airlines has
informed the group that it will no longer serve foie gras, the product of cruel
force-feeding, on any of its flights.
"American Airlines' decision to stop selling foie gras
respects the wishes of the vast majority of the public, who want to see an end
to the violent practice of force-feeding," says PETA Executive Vice
President Tracy Reiman. "Animal defenders around the globe are flying high
today because American Airlines has demonstrated that good business and
kindness go hand in hand."
Foie gras, French for "fatty liver," is made from
the grossly enlarged livers of ducks and geese. Pipes are shoved down the
birds' throats, and up to 4 pounds of grain and fat are pumped into the
animals' stomachs two or three times a day. The birds' livers become diseased
and swell to up to 10 times their normal size. The pipes puncture many birds'
throats, causing some animals to bleed to death. Investigations at major foie
gras farms in the U.S. as well as at many farms across Europe have revealed
sick, dying, and dead animals.
Foie gras production is so
inhumane that California passed a law in 2004 banning its sale and production. Force-feeding has also been outlawed in Israel, the U.K., and a dozen other
countries, and it has been denounced by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI,
celebrity chef Charlie Trotter, and many grocers, including Whole Foods,
Target, Giant Eagle, and Harris Teeter. Food service giants ARAMARK and Compass
Group North America have also ended foie gras sales.
Together with sister company American Eagle and regional
carrier AmericanConnection, American Airlines serves more than 250 destinations
in more than 50 countries in the Americas, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.
The overall fleet exceeds 900 aircraft.
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