01 March 2010

Animal protection group urging Carnival Cruise Lines to stop serving foie gras

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In Defense of Animals (IDA) has launched a new campaign titled, “Carnival Cruise Lines Dishes Up Cruelty” calling for the cruise line to stop serving foie gras on its ships.

Foie gras, French for “fat liver,” is made from the liver of ducks or geese that are force fed corn through long metal pipes which are inserted down their throats. Within weeks the animals become heinously overweight and their livers expand up to 10 times the normal size.

“These animals are tortured to death for a delicacy appetizer. There is simply no room for this practice in a civilized society,” said Dr. Elliot Katz, president and founder of IDA. “Sick, suffering birds don’t conform to the ‘fun times’ depicted in Carnival Cruise ads.”

The barbaric practice has been outlawed in many countries such as Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Israel, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic. In the U.S. a California law, which was enacted in 2004, becomes effective in July 2012 and prohibits the production or sale of foie gras.

Foie gras, also known as “the delicacy of despair,” is the epitome of cruelty. Those wishing to encourage Carnival Cruise Lines to remove the appetizer from its menu can contact Carnival by email, phone, or fax. Politeness is recommended.

IDA provides the following information:

Gerald Cahill, President and CEO, Carnival Cruise Lines
3655 NW 87th Ave
Miami, FL 33178

Cheryl Alvarez, Food and Beverage Manager, Carnival Cruise Lines

Phone for both: (305) 599-2600 (ask to be connected to Cheryl Alvarez, then call back and ask to be connected to Gerry Cahill. Leave a polite message on their voicemail)

Fax: (305) 471-4700

To send a message immediately or to see a sample letter visit In Defense of Animals Carnival Cruelty Campaign.

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