14 October 2003

Foie gras verdict of the Supreme Court of Israel has been translated into English

The recent foie gras verdict of the Supreme Court of Israel has been translated into English by CHAI - - Concern for Helping Animals in Israel. The translated verdict is available in its entirety at:

PDF of complete verdict from archive.org (originally on http://www.chai-online.org/foiegras_verdict.htm)

Excerpt from the verdict:

As for myself, there is no doubt in my heart that wild creatures, like pets, have emotions. They were endowed with a soul that experiences the emotions of joy and sorrow, happiness and grief, affection and fear. Some of them nurture special feelings towards their friend-enemy: man. Not all think so; but no one denies that these creatures also feel the pain inflicted upon them through physical harm or a violent intrusion into their bodies. Indeed, whoever wishes to may find, in the circumstances of this appeal, prima facie justification for the acts of artificial force-feeding, justification whose essence is the need to retain the farmer's source of livelihood and enhance the gastronomic delight of others.... But this has a price -- and the price is reducing the dignity of Man himself.

-- Justice E. Rivlin

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