Filipino Stars Protest Foie Gras
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What do top model Isabel Roces, senator and actor Bong Revilla (Hokus Pokus), and comedian and cover girl Rufa Mae Quinto (SOP) have in common? They—along with actor and singer Yasmien Kurdi (All I Need Is Love), model Bianca Valerio, and veteran actor Eddie Gutierrez—have all signed PETA Asia-Pacific's pledge never to eat or buy foie gras and to encourage their millions of fans to do the same. Why? Because foie gras is the enlarged, diseased liver of ducks and geese who are painfully—and often fatally—force-fed using pipes that are rammed down their throats up to three times a day.
This cruel procedure causes the birds' livers to become diseased and swell to up to 10 times their normal size. Others who have signed the pledge include actor Arci Munoz (Starstruck and Pati ba Pintig ng Puso), actor Alicia Mayer, singer and comedian K Brosas, models Corey Wills and Raya Mananquil, and Jack TV's The Peep Show host Karen Vizcarra.
Foie gras is made from the livers of ducks and geese who are force-fed and develop a painful liver disease. Investigations at foie gras farms in major foie gras-producing nations like the U.S. and Canada and throughout Europe have documented sick, dead, and dying animals. Some animals had holes in their necks from pipe injuries, and one investigation found that dead birds were dangling from wires as blood spilled from their neck wounds onto the live birds beneath them. The birds who survive the force-feeding are killed, and their livers are sold for foie gras.
Foie gras has been banned in 15 countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, and Switzerland, as well as in the U.S. in the state of California and the city of Chicago. Pope Benedict XVI once referred to foie gras production as the "degrading of living creatures to a commodity" and added that it "contradict[s] the relationship of mutuality that comes across in the Bible."
Force-feeding birds until their organs explode is one of the most violent forms of cruelty to animals in factory farms today. Anyone can protect ducks and geese from this torture simply by refusing to buy or eat foie gras. Follow the lead of these Filipino stars—pledge against foie gras today!
Take the 'No Foie Gras' Pledge!
I, the undersigned, pledge never to purchase or eat foie gras. I believe that the force-feeding of ducks and geese so that their livers become diseased is extremely cruel, and I refuse to support an industry that causes so much suffering.