The Hai Hospitality restaurant group sells foie gras at more than seven of its Asian fusion restaurants in Miami, Denver, Dallas, Houston, and Austin, Texas.
Foie gras (French for “fatty liver”) is a food product made of the liver of a duck or goose who was subjected to cruel “gavage” (force feeding). Workers such as those at Hai Hospitality’s supplier, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, ram pipes down the throats of male ducks up to three times a day, pumping up to 4 pounds of grain and fat into their stomachs. The force-feeding causes their livers to swell to up to 10 times their normal size. When the birds aren’t being force-fed, they’re kept in tiny cages or crowded sheds, where they’re unable to bathe or groom themselves. They often become coated with excrement and suffer from health problems, including impaired liver function, damage to the esophagus, fractures of the sternum, fungal infections, diarrhea, and lesions. Those who survive the process are violently killed, and their diseased livers are sold as foie gras. Why would Hai Hospitality even want to sell something as cruelly produced and disgusting as this? Selling foie gras is gross.
Please take these important steps to politely urge Hai Hospitality to drop foie gras from its menus:
- Text GROSS to 73822 to tell Hai Hospitality that serving up plates of cruelty is gross. Then post this image on social media to encourage your friends and family to text, too.
- Comment on Hai Hospitality restaurant group’s Instagram pages and tag three friends, asking them to do the same:
- Call Hai Hospitality’s restaurants. Here are some talking points you can use:
- Your supplier, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, doesn’t feed ducks naturally. Workers there force-feed ducks by shoving tubes down their throats up to three times a day. Will you please remove foie gras from your menu?
- Ducks used for foie gras are confined to cramped pens. Force-feeding causes their livers to become painfully diseased and swell to up to 10 times their normal size. In some cases, their organs even rupture. Birds who survive the process are violently killed. Will you please remove foie gras from your menu?
- Foie gras production is so cruel that it has been outlawed in California and more than a dozen countries. Aramark, Costco, IKEA, Sam’s Club, Target, and Whole Foods have stopped selling foie gras, and world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck removed it from his menus. Will you follow suit and remove it from your menu?
Call Uchi Miami at 305-995-0915 anytime between 5 and 11 p.m. ET:
Call Uchiko Houston at 713-522-4808 anytime between 4 and 10 p.m. CT:
Call Uchibā Dallas at 214-855-5454 anytime between 5 and 11 p.m. CT:
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