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Foie gras fight far from over

Undercover Activists Rescue Ducks From Foie Gras Farms in CA and NY

FARMINGTON, Calif. and FERNDALE, N.Y., Feb. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Activists from the Animal Protection and Rescue League have once again penetrated security at the two main factory farms that force feed ducks in the U.S. to make the gourmet appetizer "foie gras," or fattened liver.

The activists took video of conditions and rescued several ducks in both California and New York. "Hot in Cleveland" actress Wendie Malick narrated a video of the animal cruelty investigations, which is now posted at .

"These young activists took great personal risk to expose cruel conditions at these factory farms," states Bryan Pease, an attorney for the group. "Activists who previously rescued ducks from these same locations were charged with felony burglary."

Some of the video obtained includes footage from hidden cameras the activists installed to capture the actual force feeding process. Hudson Valley Foie Gras repeatedly claims their ducks do not try to escape the force feeding, but the undercover footage shows them huddling in the corner of their pens as a worker grabs them by the wings and shoves a large metal pipe down their throats.

In order to make their livers over 10 times their normal size and almost entirely fat, foie gras producers force feed the ducks massive quantities of food three times per day for almost a month. Many ducks do not survive the process, and the activists found trash barrels filled with dead ducks in both factory farms.

The animal cruelty investigation mirrors conditions found in 2002-2004 when APRL previously exposed the force feeding industry. A California statewide ban on sale and production of foie gras takes effect this July. Some chefs opposed to the ban have been claiming the ducks "go to the feeders." An investigative reporter recently confronted a chef who claimed this, and the chef was unable to back up this statement with any evidence:

According to APRL, less than a tenth of a percent of all restaurants in the U.S. serve foie gras. Over 100 restaurants in California have removed the item without waiting for the ban to take effect, and only about 300 restaurants in the state are still serving it. The cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, West Hollywood, Berkeley, Carlsbad and Solana Beach have all passed resolutions in support of the statewide ban.

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In 2003, Dan Noyes and the ABC7 I-Team led an investigation into the treatment of animals for the process of making the delicacy foie gras. That investigation resulted in legislation that left activists celebrating and the culinary community polarized. Dan Noyes stopped by 7Live to update us on this story and to offer a preview of his upcoming report on ABC7 News.

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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A statewide ban on foie gras goes into effect this summer -- in no small part the result of ABC7 I-Team reports eight years ago.

It is a food fight that made headlines and spurred debate around the world, and some of the pictures are disturbing. California is the first state to ban foie gras, and both sides are gearing up before the law takes effect July 1.
It all started eight years ago with an incident the FBI labeled an "act of domestic terrorism." The I-Team first showed you the crime scene photos after members of the Animal Liberation Front trashed a Sonoma restaurant owned by renowned chef Laurent Manrique that specialized in foie gras. The walls were spray painted and the drains were clogged with cement to symbolize force-feeding.

"Violence was used; there was an attempt to coerce them and their way of thinking and the way they live their lives, and that is terror," FBI spokesperson LaRae Quy said in September 2003.
"We really didn't know that as we walked in we were going to encounter sick birds, dead birds, birds with open festering wounds," activist Sarahjane Blum said in September 2003.

The activists found dead and dying ducks and others whose livers were so engorged that they couldn't move -- couldn't defend themselves against rats that were eating them alive.

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