Example email from Gene Baur
Subject: Support S1559
On behalf of Farm Sanctuary, a national nonprofit organization based in Watkins Glen, NY, I’m writing to express our support for S 1559 (Avella). This legislation prohibits the force-feeding of birds to make foie gras, which involves thrusting a pipe down the throats of ducks or geese and force-feeding them so their livers expand up to 10 times the normal size.
The engorged livers of birds exploited for foie gras commonly become diseased, and the birds have difficulty breathing as their oversized livers expand and displace other internal organs. They also experience foot and leg infections, lacerations and punctures when they are injured by force feeding, and many die before reaching the slaughterhouse every year.
Farm Sanctuary has provided refuge for ducks rescued from foie gras farms, and we have seen firsthand the deleterious impacts that the foie gras industry has on these birds. In addition to physical illness and injuries, the birds arrive fearful of people because of the abuses they’d endured. Monet and Matisse are two ducks who had lived at a foie gras facility where they were confined and cruelly force-fed, and they came to us terribly frightened. Today, these ducks are able to move freely and engage in natural behaviors, and they are coming to trust their human caregivers. They are healing both physically and emotionally from the trauma they experienced.
The violence and cruelty of foie gras production has no place in a society that values compassion. Our treatment of other animals says volumes about us, and enacting S 1559 to outlaw egregious abuse will help sustain basic humane principles.
Like all animals, farm animals have feelings and they deserve to be treated with respect. Thank you for your time and thoughtful consideration.