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PETA Complains to Restaurant Chain, Which Confirms It Will No Longer Serve the Diseased Livers of Force-Fed Ducks and Geese
For Immediate Release:December 18, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Dublin, Ohio -- Following PETA's intense campaign, which
included letters to company executives, pressure at an annual shareholder
meeting, and a series of action alerts to members and supporters around the
world, Wendy's has removed foie gras burgers from its menus in Japan. PETA
first learned of the move on Twitter and later received confirmation. Foie
gras, French for "fatty liver," is made from the grossly enlarged and
diseased livers of painfully force-fed ducks and geese.
"Wendy's has done the right thing by ending sales of a
product so vile that its production is banned in more than a dozen
countries," says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. "Shoving metal
pipes down birds' throats and force-feeding them is an abomination."
During foie gras production, up to 4 pounds of grain and fat
are pumped into the stomachs of ducks and geese 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—as graphically
revealed in an undercover
investigative video narrated by Academy Award–winning actor Kate Winslet. Foie gras is so inhumane that California banned
its sale and production in July. Force-feeding has also been
outlawed in Israel, the U.K., and a dozen other countries.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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