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PETA France Protesters Pelt Air France Offices with “Faux Gras”

For Immediate Release:

8 July 2014

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Hannah Levitt +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 235; HannahL@peta.org.uk

PETA France Protesters Pelt Air France Offices with “Faux Gras”

A Brit, a German, and a Frenchmen were seen pelting the Air France office with "faux gras" earlier today in protest after the airline gave a pound of foie gras to each of the 751 MEPs in Strasbourg. You can see images from the protest here and here.

Unsurprisingly, several MEPs rejected their present of this vile and unethical foodstuff. Foie gras production is banned in most EU countries on cruelty-to-animals grounds. California and India have gone one step further and banned the sale of foie gras, and Israel is also in the final stages of passing legislation to ban the sale of the vile product. To produce foie gras, ducks and geese are force-fed via a metal pipe which is rammed down their throats several times a day for weeks until their livers become diseased and swell to up to 10 times their normal size. The practice of force feeding has been condemned by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation as well as the EU's Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare. Investigations at foie gras farms have documented sick, dead and dying birds, some with holes in their necks from pipe injuries. Sir Roger Moore narrated a PETA video exposé of foie gras production on supposedly the highest welfare foie gras farms in France, where birds were seen panting as their distended livers pressed against their lungs, making it hard for them even to breathe. At the abattoir, birds had knives plunged into their necks while they were fully conscious.

Air France is already facing massive global criticism for being the only major airline still shipping monkeys around the world to be experimented on and killed.

 

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