Postmates Ends Foie Gras Deliveries After PETA Appeal

Company Earns Vegan Chocolates in Thanks for Showing Kindness to Ducks and Geese, Removing Billboards That Mocked Vegan Eating

For Immediate Release:
April 12, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

San Francisco – After learning from PETA that foie gras is made from the grotesquely enlarged livers of ducks and geese who have been force-fed, San Francisco–based Postmates quickly agreed to stop delivering the dish. The company also agreed to take down two billboards in Los Angeles that mocked vegan eating (photoavailable here) and exclude them from its national campaign.

In thanks for the compassionate moves, PETA is sending the company a box of delicious duck-shaped vegan chocolates.

“Postmates is proving that it can keep its sense of humor without mocking people who eat with their consciences,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Foie gras is officially off Postmates’ delivery menu, and PETA will keep pushing other businesses to join it in rejecting this cruelly produced dish.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way”—notes that in foie gras production, several pounds of fat and grain are pumped into birds’ stomachs every day through tubes shoved down their throats, causing their livers to swell to up to 10 times their normal size. In some cases, birds’ organs even rupture. Investigations into farms in the U.S. and Europe have revealed sick, dying, and dead animals—some with holes in their necks from injuries sustained during force-feeding.

More than a dozen countries—including Australia, Germany, and the U.K.—prohibit foie gras production; companies around the world, including FreshDirect, Whole Foods, and Sam’s Club, refuse to sell it; and top chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and the late Charlie Trotter have refused to serve it.

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