After the chicks crushed in a hatchery in Gers, cows abandoned in a farm in Gironde or even the tears of a bull during a bullfight in the Landes, the association L214 publishes new shocking images of abuse animal.
A few days before Christmas, a good time for the consumption of foie gras, a sequence published since the night of Tuesday to Wednesday shows as closely as possible the force-feeding conditions of a farm in the Lot.
Almost two minutes long and presented by the ex-Miss France Alexandra Rosenfeld, who supports the association like other personalities (Juliette Binoche, Hugo Clément, etc.), the document reveals treatments that clearly go beyond the framework of good conduct. fixed by the interprofessional committee of the sector.
We see animals there, living in morbid promiscuity, in too narrow cages, force-fed twice a day.
Some are dying, others are lying dead, "sometimes their beaks overflowing with pâté", denounces the association, among their living congeners, with supporting images.
To facilitate the force-feeding operation, a grid flattens the animals so that the breeder can more easily grasp them by the neck.
Ducks force-fed to counter avian flu
L214 also notes that “the mesh floor causes systematic sores on the legs.
In these cages, the animals cannot even fully extend their wings.
Sanitary conditions are critical: many corpses left on the ground and in the slurry pit, dirty and poorly maintained installation, dirty water, fans loaded with dust.
That's not all.
The association also points the finger at the fact of force-feeding ducks and no longer just ducks or geese.
If the females are force-fed in Bulgaria, the tricolor foie gras sector, represented by Cifog (Interprofessional committee of waterfowl with foie gras), prohibits it in France in its ethics charter.
“When it comes to duck, only foie gras obtained from male animals can be marketed, in order to preserve tradition and maintain French quality,” it says.
And most brands highlighting a label (IGP or Label Rouge) have also adopted these specifications.
A complaint of ill-treatment
The avian flu crisis, which decimated waterfowl populations, has however forced some breeders to force-feed ducks in order to maintain their level of production.
This choice is a double-edged sword.
Because ducks a few months old give smaller and poorer quality livers.
They are also more difficult to force-feed because they are more nervous than males, "a source of additional injuries and suffering and more prone to heart disease" denounces L214.
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The association announces its intention to file a complaint for "mistreatment of animals committed by a professional".
She specifies that “informed of the practices of this breeding, the Metro brand – a food wholesaler – suspended orders from the producer” incriminated in this document.
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