United Poultry Concerns 26 August 2002
Fundraiser for Needy Children Promotes Animal Cruelty
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UPDATE: Foie Gras Removed From Fundraiserís Menu!

This letter from United Poultry Concerns was sent as an original to:

Alice Rochat, Co-owner, The Bernards Inn
Edward Stone, President, A Dinner of Hope
Timothy J. Peters, Vice President, Tim Peters & Company.

23 August 2002

Alice Rochat, Co-owner
The Bernards Inn
27 Mine Brook Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Dear Ms. Rochat:

On behalf of United Poultry Concerns and our 15,000 members in the United States, I urge you, please, to cancel your planned promotion, on September 20, of the diseased avian liver product, foie gras, and to withdraw your invitation to Michael Ginor of Hudson Valley Foie Gras from your fundraiser.

Foie gras is produced by forcing a hard pipe down the throats of tightly restrained ducks and geese several times a day for two or three weeks prior to slaughtering them. The pipe pumps a nutritionally deficient slurry of corn mash, oil, water, and salt into the birds to enlarge their livers to between six and ten times the liver's normal size. The result is a liver disease that in human beings is called hepatic lipidosis, a painful condition that requires the draining of accumulated fluid from the abdomen.

Foie gras production involves the following documented pathologies:
  • Bursting of birds' stomachs from force feeding
  • Ruptured livers
  • Spilling of force-fed slurry from the birds' nostrils
  • Bruised and broken bills
  • Tumor-like lumps in the birds' throats
  • Maggot-infested neck wounds
  • Fear behavior in the birds at the approach of the force feeders with the metal pipes

Please do not serve this repugnant product at your forthcoming fundraiser on September 20. Please serve a compassionate vegetarian pate option instead. I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible and to posting good news to our members and to the growing number of people around the world who share our concerns about animal cruelty and abuse. I appreciate your attention and look forward to hearing from you.


Karen Davis, PhD

United Poultry Concerns. 26 August 2002

United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
FAX: 757-678-5070

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