07 January 2011

Food service giant Aramark to stop selling foie gras

Aramark, food supplier of major venues and events in 22 countries, has decided to stop selling foie gras after viewing PETA’s exposé, narrated by Kate Winslet, on the inhumane process.

Foie gras (translated as “fatty liver”) is produced by shoving metal tubes down the throats of male geese and ducks and force feeding the animals over four pounds of grain and fat, multiple times each day.  The process results in a fattened liver 10 times larger than the average size.

Many of the geese die in agony from this extreme overfeeding due to their organs rupturing, and the ones that do not die are slaughtered and have their livers removed for human consumption.

The suffering that the ducks and geese endure, as revealed in PETA’s exposé, proved too shocking for Aramark to continue selling the cruel product.

PETA Vice President Tracy Rieman said, “Aramark’s compassionate decision to stop serving foie gras represents the sentiments of the vast majority of the public, which wants to see an end to the cruel practice of force-feeding. The company is demonstrating that great service and kindness go hand in hand.”

Foie gras is yet another demonstration of how humans take advantage of and torture animals for their own food “delicacies.” We applaud Aramark for taking this imperative step in the direction of compassion.

Julia is a student who has a passion for veganism, animal welfare, and religious studies.

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