Foie Gras - One of Man's Most Cruel Ways of Eating

"I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead - not sick, not wounded - dead." ~Woody Allen
Guess Woody Allen should have added this word too - tortured.

This is an image of Foie Gras... Literally meaning, 'Fat liver". I'm not a very strict and dogmatic vegetarian, but even my few non-vegetarian friends will agree that this is just too gross. Well, it's not the taste I'm talking about [it's supposed to be a delicacy]... Because that would be a retarded thing to do in a blog that's more or less dedicated to making a difference. Nope, I'm talking about this:


... And my dear friends, that's the picture that was least disturbing. Well, the fact of the matter is, Foie Gras is prepared by, as PETA.org puts it,
For 12 to 21 days, ducks and geese are subjected to gavage—every day, up to 4 pounds of grain and fat are forced down the birds’ throats by means of an auger in a feeding tube.(9,10) The Washington Post reported that the tube “is pushed 5 inches down their throats, and more food than they want is gunned into their stomachs. If the mushy corn sticks … a stick is sometimes used to force it down.”(11) The birds’ livers, which become engorged from a carbohydrate-rich diet, can grow to be more than 10 times their normal size (a disease called “hepatic steatosis”).
There are other stuffs that are said to happen to these ducks and geese as a result of this 'force-feeding' and I'm not gonna put that here, because frankly speaking... it's just too disturbing to talk about. You can check out more about this in http://www.peta.org/issues/Animals-Used-for-Food/the-pain-behind-foie-gras.aspx 

If you want to do something about it, http://action.petaindia.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=111&ea.campaign.id=10463 Sign this petition, and hopefully something will change. About 16 countries in the world have actually banned it.

The most common argument about this is that animals are tortured everyday for other purposes such as medicine, research, etc. But there's a difference between doing that for a constructive purpose like research and doing that for the sake of pleasure. Most non-vegetarian food involves just killing and cooking, so it's not that much of a problem. But this... heavens... It makes me wonder about the cruelty of human beings. No other carnivore or omnivore in the world would cause so much pain to another species.

4 comments:

  1. Its not just simple torture.the most interesting thing about a human carnivore is that he never tortures a fierce animal or bird.his limitations are always with goats,ducks,chicks,RABBITS!!!!!!!!!{I don't know how one could eat such a cute animal}Now the thing that I would tell to all those people is that If you really want a good taste or a good animal protein why don't u try your hands with lion or vulture or something.Just becoz a species is inferior showing your courage to them is too brutal.If you people dare please play such nonsense with sharks.

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  2. You've got a point, lol... It's like that taking advantage of a weaker species... Wasn't that what those Warli tribe people were supposed to be up against?

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  3. yeah meenu nowadays so called 6th sensed humans have lost humanity,killing other creatures.. thi is really bad. even other animals have the right to live in this world... but every human except for a few had forgotten about this...

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  4. Funny you know... when you say "humans" like that... Makes us sound alien.. lol. :D

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