James Cromwell to Lead Vigil for Jailed Foie Gras Whistleblower

PETA, Syracuse Animal Rights Organization, and a Giant 'Goose' Will Show Support for Activist Amber Canavan

For Immediate Release:
June 29, 2015

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Monticello, N.Y. – As activist Amber Canavan reports for the 30-day jail sentence she received for her part in documenting cruelty to ducks at Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Emmy Award–winning actor James Cromwell will team up with a giant costumed “goose” to lead members of PETA and Syracuse Animal Rights Organization in a show of support outside the Sullivan County Courthouse.

Where:           Sullivan County Courthouse, 414 Broadway, Monticello

When:             Tuesday, June 30, 2:30 p.m.

“As someone who has been arrested for speaking up for animals, I have the utmost respect for Amber Canavan’s dedication to exposing the cruelty of force-feeding ducks for foie gras,” says Cromwell. “It is my honor to join PETA and the Syracuse Animal Rights Organization as we wish this brave activist a safe and speedy sentence.”

As shown in video footage released by PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat … or abuse in any other way”—workers at Hudson Valley shove steel tubes down ducks’ throats and pump huge amounts of grain into their bodies three times a day, every day, for weeks in order to sicken and enlarge their livers. At slaughter, the animals are hung upside down, have their throats cut, and are left to bleed to death.

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