Canada, the biggest exporte

Canada, the biggest exporte

Joined: July 1st, 2008, 11:52 pm

June 6th, 2012, 11:57 pm #1

every day is a new day to die to the old and live to the newness of life
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Joined: May 4th, 2005, 1:31 pm

June 7th, 2012, 3:01 am #2

Quebec is the only province in Canada that produces fois gras.

I've never had it, but I know watching some chef shows on TV many chefs are okay with it. Even those that tend towards organic and ethical.

So I may be missing part of the picture.

Canadian Foie Gras Production
The entire Canadian foie gras industry is located in Quebec.

Three producers Elevages Perigord, Aux Champs Delise and Palmex account for the majority of production, but there are several other small producers in the Province.

Quebec has been producing foie gras for only 12 years. But in that time production has increased to 8500 livers per week, for a total output of 2 tons.

Today, about 500,000 ducks are killed each year in Quebecs foie gras industry.

According to Quebec foie gras producers, they export about 30% of their products to the United States, 10% to the rest of Canada and the remainder is consumed within Quebec.



Farm Sanctuary News, Spring 2000
Foie Gras: Liver Disease as "Gourmet" Treat

Foie gras is French for "fatty liver". Hepatic lipidosis is Greek for "fatty liver disease". According to veterinarians, they are one and the same. Foie gras, the liver of a duck or goose swollen to many times normal size by force-feeding to make an expensive "gourmet" appetizer, is the very painful liver disease hepatic lipidosis. It is "the food of the pharaohs", according to some promoters. Of course, the pharaohs are not remembered mainly for their compassion.

Injured duck with bloody wounds left unattended.

Although many animal food products result from extremely cruel practices, foie gras production uses a cruel invasive feeding process: shoving a pipe down the throats of ducks or geese through which huge amounts of nutritionally deficient food are forced into the birds' stomachs. Several years ago, a visitor to the largest New York state foie gras company was told employees received bonuses if they caused fewer than 50 stomachs to burst a month.

Worker force-feeding duck.
Hard To Survive Force-Feeding

Maybe that is what foie gras producer and promoter Michael Ginor meant when he wrote in his book Foie Gras: A Passion that producers "have discovered that the way to decrease goose and duck mortality and increase the average weight of the livers is to treat the birds delicately". It takes special effort to keep birds from dying from force-feeding before their livers become the grotesque, diseased fatty mass known as foie gras desired by some "gourmets". Neither ducks nor geese nor any other animals evolved to withstand such torture.

Worker force-feeding duck.

The "food" forced into the birds is typically a mixture of ground corn, oil, water, and salt -- not a sound diet for long-term health of ducks and geese. Corn lacks choline, which aids liver function. This deficiency accelerates growth of the liver. After about four weeks of repeated daily force-feedings, the liver, normally about three ounces, can weigh up to one-and-a-half pounds. Imagine suggesting it could be "humane" to make a vital organ grow to many times its normal size!

Device used to force-feed ducks.

Yet that is exactly what Ginor seeks to do. In Foie Gras: A Passion and in radio and television appearances and other presentations promoting the book and foie gras itself, he claims the assembly line-type force-feeding of thousands of birds "take advantage of the birds' natural eating habits and physiology" in that ducks and geese eat large amounts of food to have energy reserves for migration. Yet it would be impossible for them to fly, let alone migrate, after weeks of force-feeding. In fact, producers consider the ideal time to slaughter the birds to be when they are about to die of the force-feeding process.
Known Cruelty

Veterinarians who accompanied New York State Police officers on their historic raid of one of Ginor's foie gras companies, Commonwealth Enterprises, in 1992, when the police charged the company with cruelty to animals, wrote detailed affidavits describing debilitating injuries in the ducks. (Charges were dropped due to agribusiness influence and legal maneuvering.) Videotape showed ducks trying to "walk" using their wings because their legs had given out.

Trash cans filled with the bodies of ducks who died from force-feeding.

Foie gras producers also claim force-feeding does not hurt ducks and geese because birds have sometimes been observed approaching, rather than fleeing from, workers who have been force-feeding them, when the workers enter their pens. Yet that does not mean the birds "like" force-feeding or that the practice is not cruel.

Birds may approach the workers for several reasons: (1) They have imprinted on humans not having been raised by their natural mothers or others of their species. (2) The workers are their only source of food, even if that food is delivered in a painful fashion. (3) Human beings are their only possible source of care the birds may approach because they are in pain from force-feeding and a swollen liver and do not associate the workers with their suffering due to the passage of time between force-feeding and their misery.

Trash cans filled with the bodies of ducks who died from force-feeding.
Dubious Industry Claims

Animals, including ducks and geese, are complex individual beings with minds and emotions. Attributing specific feelings to a poodle or an infant based on wishful thinking is likely to mislead. Likewise, foie gras industry claims that force-feeding is not cruel simply because ducks or geese choose to approach those who force-feed them are extremely irresponsible. They are part of a calculated effort to overcome people's natural concern about the inherently cruel practice of causing a painful disease in animals and calling it a food.
Progress Against Foie Gras

Ginor was a guest on the February 5, 2000, broadcast of A Chef's Table, the hour-long Saturday cooking show on Philadelphia public radio station WHYY-FM. The show was advertised as providing "your complete guide to foie gras", yet it took many demands that the broadcast be cancelled before an animal activist was invited to take part by phone for a few minutes. Knowing many facts about foie gras production, he was able to refute Ginor's claims that foie gras production is not cruel.

Unwanted eggs and live ducklings discarded with the trash.

In his book Ginor complains that "from a strategic standpoint", foie gras companies "provide an easy target for animal rights activists". That is true, but foie gras production receives a minuscule portion of our movement's protest activities. After becoming informed, some expensive restaurants agreed to stop offering foie gras. So did United, Delta, Air Canada, and American Airlines, all of which used to serve foie gras to first-class passengers. Macy's agreed to cancel a foie gras cooking class, and most recently the Smithsonian Associates agreed to cancel a presentation by Ginor.

Hungary is the largest producer, but the most foie gras is consumed in France, the second largest producing country. Israel is the third largest; most of that country's foie gras is exported.
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Joined: March 8th, 2007, 6:53 am

June 7th, 2012, 4:26 am #3

hear hear!

One word.....Buffalo...hmm
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Tim
Tim

June 7th, 2012, 7:01 am #4

hear hear!
One word.....Buffalo...hmm
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Buffalo???? What does that mean in Canada? Bullshit?....

Yvonne is half Native American and her blood maybe Navaho and Spanish.

But the Europeans tried to exterminate all the Buffalo out of North America because the Buffalo where the Indians main resource of servile, and then to exterminate Indians completely.

I'm not sure what you mean by "Buffalo"....

Bro Tim



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Iceman
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June 7th, 2012, 4:59 pm #5

Humans believe they are so special.

What other creature on this planet is so self serving and wantenly destructive, so vilely cruel?

And it's not just Canadians.

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Tim
Tim

June 8th, 2012, 10:52 am #6

Humans believe they are so special.
What other creature on this planet is so self serving and wantenly destructive, so vilely cruel?
And it's not just Canadians.
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What other creatures can develop and deliver a 80 megaton ICBM within 30 minutes half way around the world?

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QUITTNER
QUITTNER

June 12th, 2012, 4:13 pm #7

If it wouldn't be for the many buyers of animal parts (at good prices?), then the animals concerned would not be harmed. Blame the buyers! Compare with the selling of furs - a theft of animals' clothing!
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Joined: March 8th, 2007, 6:53 am

June 20th, 2012, 7:43 am #8

hear hear!
One word.....Buffalo...hmm
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Buffalo???? What does that mean in Canada? Bullshit?....

Yvonne is half Native American and her blood maybe Navaho and Spanish.

But the Europeans tried to exterminate all the Buffalo out of North America because the Buffalo where the Indians main resource of servile, and then to exterminate Indians completely.

I'm not sure what you mean by "Buffalo"....

Bro Tim


tim...i was just alluding to what the americans did to the buffalo in the early 1900's.....not much different....wouldn't you say????


i wasn't trying to start a fight or anything.
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