Federal Courts Dismiss Activists’ ‘ALDF’ Anti-Foie Gras Suit

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“How can anyone think, shoving a gavage (pipe or tube) down the esophagus, of geese or ducks then force feeding them with, typically, corn boiled with fat (to facilitate ingestion) so the birds liver becomes over enlarged; so it can then be eaten as a delicacy… is totally beyond me! Of course it’s bloody cruel & barbaric, no other animal that I can think of is force fed via a tube to make any part of their body fatter for human consumption. Yes animals are given extra grain & even growth hormones but they are not force fed it via a bloody pipe…it’s savage & uncalled for; we kill enough animals to meet the demand for meat or other animal body parts! Do we really have to  force feed a bird in constant chronic pain from the tube…just for a delicacy?? What will they come up with next, pickled eyeballs, coated in vinegar daily, to get that perfect crunch?? One could say, this is almost as bad as bear bile being taken from a bear!!

Goose being force-fed so humans can dine on their enlarged livers!!

“Look at the disgusting filthy gavage (pipe) & other equipment; there is no wonder so many birds die of disease. While force feeding is required to meet the French legal definition of “foie gras”, producers outside France do not always force feed birds in order to produce fattened livers that they consider to be foie gras, instead allowing them to eat freely, termed ad libitum. Interest in alternative production methods has grown recently due to ethical concerns in gavage-based foie gras production. Such livers are alternatively termed fatty goose liver, ethical foie gras, or humane foie gras.” Source-Wikipedia

“During feeding, efforts are made to avoid damaging the bird’s esophagus, which could cause injury or death, although researchers have found evidence of inflammation of the walls of the proventriculus after the first session of force-feeding. There is also indication of inflammation of the esophagus in the later stages of fattening. Several studies have also demonstrated that mortality rates can be significantly elevated during the gavage period.”Source Wikipedia

The Animal Legal Defense Fund tried to sue the government to declare force-fed foie gras illegal, and federal courts shut it downInside Scoop SF reports that a lawsuit between the ALDF and the U.S. Department of Agriculture was dismissed on Friday. “Please click on the links to read more!”

The ALDF (the same anti-foie group that sued Napa restaurant La Toque) had argued that foie gras is “a diseased product unfit for human consumption,” and asked the court to step in and order the USDA to “remove foie gras from the American food supply.”

In the ruling (warning: PDF), U.S. District Judge Otis Wright explains his decision to dismiss the case:Plaintiffs‘ voluminous submission of technical papers and data supports the Court’s view that Plaintiffs are challenging a scientific conclusion and not a legal one … this is an issue falling squarely under the USDA’s discretion by law.”

Although selling and producing foie gras is still illegal in California, the ALDF is not entitled to judicial review on this case so, for now, the rest of the country can rest easily knowing their foie is safe. “For those who partake in this delicacy…I hope it fxxxxg chokes you!”

· Court dismisses USDA foie gras lawsuit [Inside Scoop SF]
· All Foie Gras Coverage on Eater [-E-]

News Link:http://eater.com/archives/2013/03/27/antifoie-gras-case-dismissed.php

Plaistow Woman Gets 4-8 years In Prison For Torturing Boyfriend’s German Shepherds

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“OMG…what a sick , jealous, twisted, heartless BXXXH…I’m sick of hearing ‘Mental Illness’ as an excuse. If she was mentally ill; she wouldn’t have had the for thought to tell a witness to deny texts etc. I dread to think what other abuse she inflicted on those poor dogs, to make them urinate when they saw her! Because it takes a hell of a lot to scare German Shepherds, there a strong tough breed, which is why the police  & security centres use them. Remember that face, if you see her with an animal, tell police…better yet…just take it from her… before she feeds it the kitchen sink!”

“I would dearly like to thank & shake the hand of each & every one of those jury members & the Judge! However…any guesses on how long she will actually stay in prison? I’d stake my life on it, it wouldn’t be the full 8 years..as long as it’s no less than the 4 she so rightly deserves!!”

BRENTWOOD – A Plaistow woman was sentenced 4 to 8 years in state prison for force feeding metal objects to her ex-boyfriend’s two German Shepherds during a jealous rage, causing one of the animals to die.

Jamie Labbe, 35, was sentenced 4 to 8 years in state prison on Friday in Rockingham County Superior Court on animal cruelty and other charges. Prosecutors say she force fed two of her ex-boyfriend’s German Shepherds during a jealous rage. (JAMES A. KIMBLE)

Jamie Labbe, 35, was convicted by a Rockingham County jury on Aug. 22 of attempted cruelty to animals, criminal mischief and cruelty to animals.

She tortured the dogs over several days between March and April 2011, feeding them metal bolts, a lighter and a shower head.

One witness told prosecutors that Labbe confided that, “she hated the dogs,” and became jealous over the attention her boyfriend, Kurt Kohn, gave to the two German Shepherds named Pebbles and Magic.

Her abuse so terrified the two pets they would urinate on the floor when she walked into the room, Labbe confided to her friend.

Deputy County Attorney Tom Reid relayed that anecdote along with text messages Labbe sent to her friend, Angela Gaff, during the trial. Labbe encouraged Gaff to ignore a subpoena to testify about their conversations about the abuse, according to Reid.

It shows the premeditated nature of this plan that was an ongoing thing,” Reid said of the abuse, “And what looks like a concerted effort to keep an important witness off the stand.”

The case garnered its own public campaign online, including one petition that collected 1,800 signatures calling for Labbe to be barred from ever owning any animals again.

Judge Marguerite Wageling said Labbe’s crime was unlike any other animal cruelty case she has seen in her 27 years of practicing law.

She agreed with the sentence recommended by prosecutors, and forbid Labbe from ever owning or having control of an animal again. 

“What she did to them was tremendously scary and painful,” said Wageling, who noted at the end of the hearing that she was not a pet owner herself.

Defense lawyer Tom Gleason said that his client has suffered from a history of mental illness and had sought help at the local mental health facility two months prior to abusing the dogs.

For more on this story, see Saturday editions of the New Hampshire Union-Leader.

News Link:http://www.unionleader.com/article/20121012/NEWS03/121019859

Celebrate A Victory – California Foie Gras Ban Takes Effect July 1

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July 1 marks the realization of a long-awaited, incredible victory for animals in California. In 2004, IDA helped pass a law that banned foie gras, the enlarged livers of force-fed ducks and geese. Force-feeding is the extremely cruel practice of inserting a long, wide tube down the throat to force in many times the amount of food that a bird would normally eat, until the liver is engorged with disease. Legislators sided with scientists, veterinarians and advocates who exposed this cruelty. The food industry BizarroFoieGras_jpgwas given eight years to comply.

The ban finally takes effect on July 1, after which this cruel dish may no longer be produced or sold in California. Chefs who defy the ban are subject to a $1,000 citation. This is cause for celebration, though some chefs and restaurants are hinting that they will find creative ways to serve foie gras anyway, such as by charging a “corkage fee” to prepare foie gras that customers bring in themselves. There is also speculation that some will sell items such as toast at exhorbitant fees, and then tack on “free” foie gras to go with it. That’s still illegal.

You can help IDA monitor and ensure compliance with the law. If you live in (or visit) California and see any business selling foie gras, please tell us so we can contact the proper enforcement agency. Email hope@idausa.org with any information about violations.

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Foie Gras: Animal Cruelty and Consumer Threat (2012 version)

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“Would this be allowed if it were any other animal??  Birds feel pain too, force feeding them which deliberately causes them to succumb to a variety of illness’s is blatant animal abuse in my eyes. Why is this still allowed to happen, humans kill enough animals…this is a delicacy…not part of our staple diet..therefore not needed!” 


Published on 9 May 2012 by 

More at http://www.aldf.org/foiegras — The Animal Legal Defense Fund and several others filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for violating the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) by allowing adulterated poultry—in the form of foie gras—to be sold to consumers. Under PPIA, the USDA is responsible for condemning all poultry products that come from diseased birds. Foie gras consists of the pathologically diseased livers of ducks who are force-fed massive amounts of grain, inducing the disease of hepatic lipidosis, which causes their livers to swell to ten times their normal size.

Please Take action athttp://www.aldf.org/foiegras

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