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Amazon.com Foie Gras: Expectation Vs Reality

Would a worldwide, well-known supplier like Amazon knowingly sell a product of animal cruelty? Are the animals we eat really treated as well as the industry portrays? Find out in the video above. Take 4 minutes to go behind the scenes at Hudson Valley, a foie gras supplier to Amazon.com. If Amazon can lie, can “humane” claims be trusted?

Watch the video above to see the comparison of Amazon.com’s supplier Hudson Valley’s public image and private reality. The undercover investigation used for comparison footage was released in July 2011 by Mercy for Animals. Hudson Valley’s promotional video was released 5 months later. The details below are not included in the video and will be explored further in future works.

Foie gras, French for “fat liver,” is presented as a gourmet delicacy. But for the ducks in the foie gras industry who are force-fed via metal tubes jammed down their throats, the process is anything but delicate.

This brutal force-feeding, known as gavage, is so barbaric that it’s been outlawed in many countries including Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K. Additionally, foie gras imports & sales are banned in India.[1] Retailers like Target, Safeway, Costco, Giant Eagle and Wolfgang Puck have also banned foie gras.[2][3]

In late 2004, then governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill banning the sale of foie gras in California.[4][5] The ban took effect eight years later in July 2012,[6][7] but was overturned only 2.5 years later on January 7th, 2015.[8][9] Duck-farming organizations sued over the ban[10] and even when in place, it was not respected restaurants.[11]

Experts across disciplines and dietary inclinations agree that foie gras is an unusually cruel animal product.[12][13] Force-feeding’s intent is to produce a fatty liver. This is literally inducing a disease state in the body, leading to obesity, difficulty breathing, and hepatic lipidosis (the medical term for the desired fatty liver).[14][15]

Between April and May of 2013, a Mercy for Animals undercover investigator obtained footage of abuse at a Hudson Valley farm, a supplier to Amazon.com and the largest foie gras producer in the United States.[16] In the ensuing press release on June 11th, 2013, MFA stated that, “In the past, Amazon has stopped selling other products, including whale meat, shark fin soup, and animal fighting videos, due to their cruel production practices.”[17]

As of this post, Amazon still markets Hudson Valley Foie Gras, strangle enough under the retailer “Hudson Valley Lighting.”

Get informed and see what you support when you consume the bodies of animals and the things that come out of them.

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CITATIONS:

[1] Hannah Healy, “Meet the Meat That’s BANNED in Some Countries,” January 9, 2015, http://www.peta2.com/blog/foie-gras-cruelty/.

[2] Mercy For Animals, “Video: Shocking Animal Cruelty Exposed at Amazon Foie Gras Supplier,” AmazonCruetly.com, accessed March 10, 2016, http://www.AmazonCruelty.com.

[3] Christopher Zara, “Amazon Urged To Ban Foie Gras: Animal-Rights Group Calls Retailer A Lame Duck Over Controversial Food,” International Business Times, June 12, 2013, http://www.ibtimes.com/amazon-urged-ban-foie-gras-animal-rights-group-calls-retailer-lame-duck-over-controversial-food.

[4] Rachel Tepper, “California Foie Gras Ban Kicks In,” The Huffington Post, accessed March 10, 2016, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/01/california-foie-gras-ban_n_1638380.html.

[5] Matt Williams, “California Takes Foie Gras off the Menu, but Some Chefs Say Ban Is a Bit Rich,” The Guardian, June 30, 2012, sec. Life and style, http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/jun/30/california-foie-gras-off-menu.

[6] Tepper, “California Foie Gras Ban Kicks In.”

[7] Stacy Finz and Paolo Lucchesi, “Foie Gras Ban Triggers California Lawsuit,” SFGate, July 3, 2012, http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Suit-filed-to-stop-enforcement-of-foie-gras-law-3682531.php.

[8] Kurtis Alexander and Paolo Lucchesi, “California Foie Gras Ban Struck down by Judge, Delighting Chefs.,” SFGate, January 7, 2015, http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Judge-strikes-down-Calif-foie-gras-ban-5999897.php.

[9] “California’s Foie Gras Ban Overturned,” The Huffington Post, accessed April 3, 2016, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/07/california-foie-gras-ban_n_6432738.html.

[10] Finz and Lucchesi, “Foie Gras Ban Triggers California Lawsuit.”

[11] Bob Egelko, “Animal Rights Groups Can Sue Napa Restaurant over Foie Gras,” SFGate, accessed April 3, 2016, http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Animal-rights-groups-can-sue-Napa-restaurant-over-6117825.php.

[12] The Humane Society of the United States, “Scientists and Experts on Force-Feeding for Foie Gras Production and Duck and Goose Welfare,” accessed April 3, 2016, http://thehill.com/sites/default/files/HSUS__ForceFeedingForFoieGrasProductionandDuckandGooseWelfare_0.pdf.

[13] “What the Experts Say about Foie Gras | StopForceFeeding.com,” accessed April 4, 2016, http://www.stopforcefeeding.com/content/what-experts-say-about-foie-gras.

[14] Ibid.

[15] The Humane Society of the United States, “Scientists and Experts on Force-Feeding for Foie Gras Production and Duck and Goose Welfare.”

[16] Carolyn Jung, “Foie And Its Discontents | News | Features | Food Arts,” Food Arts, May 2012, http://www.foodarts.com/news/features/16359/foie-and-its-discontents.

[17] Matt Rice, “Undercover Investigation Reveals Horrific Animal Torture At Amazon.Com Foie Gras Supplier” (Mercy for Animals, June 11, 2013), http://www.mercyforanimalsmedia.com/foiegras/content/HVFG%20Press%20Release%20National%20Final.pdf.



Alexander, Kurtis, and Paolo Lucchesi. “California Foie Gras Ban Struck down by Judge, Delighting Chefs.” SFGate, January 7, 2015. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Judge-strikes-down-Calif-foie-gras-ban-5999897.php.

“California’s Foie Gras Ban Overturned.” The Huffington Post. Accessed April 3, 2016. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/07/california-foie-gras-ban_n_6432738.html.

Egelko, Bob. “Animal Rights Groups Can Sue Napa Restaurant over Foie Gras.” SFGate. Accessed April 3, 2016. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Animal-rights-groups-can-sue-Napa-restaurant-over-6117825.php.

Finz, Stacy, and Paolo Lucchesi. “Foie Gras Ban Triggers California Lawsuit.” SFGate, July 3, 2012. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Suit-filed-to-stop-enforcement-of-foie-gras-law-3682531.php.

Healy, Hannah. “Meet the Meat That’s BANNED in Some Countries,” January 9, 2015. http://www.peta2.com/blog/foie-gras-cruelty/.

Hudson Valley Foie Gras. Hudson Valley Foie Gras, 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uOGxd_fCSk.

“Hudson Valley Foie Gras Website Hacked By Animal Rights Activist.” Accessed March 10, 2016. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/26/hudson-valley-foie-gras-hacked_n_3162704.html.

Jung, Carolyn. “Foie And Its Discontents | News | Features | Food Arts.” Food Arts, May 2012. http://www.foodarts.com/news/features/16359/foie-and-its-discontents.

mercyforanimals. Amazon Cruelty – Mercy For Animals Exposes Suffering Behind Foie Gras, 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=32&v=9ECEf0_nQcI.

Mercy For Animals. “Video: Shocking Animal Cruelty Exposed at Amazon Foie Gras Supplier.” AmazonCruetly.com. Accessed March 10, 2016. http://www.AmazonCruelty.com.

“Microsoft Word – HVFG Press Release National Final.doc – HVFG Press Release National Final.pdf.” Accessed March 10, 2016. http://www.mercyforanimalsmedia.com/foiegras/content/HVFG%20Press%20Release%20National%20Final.pdf.

Rice, Matt. “Undercover Investigation Reveals Horrific Animal Torture At Amazon.Com Foie Gras Supplier.” Mercy for Animals, June 11, 2013. http://www.mercyforanimalsmedia.com/foiegras/content/HVFG%20Press%20Release%20National%20Final.pdf.

Tepper, Rachel. “California Foie Gras Ban Kicks In.” The Huffington Post. Accessed March 10, 2016. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/01/california-foie-gras-ban_n_1638380.html.

———. “WATCH: Undercover Foie Gras Footage Makes Cruelty Claims.” The Huffington Post. Accessed March 10, 2016. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/12/undercover-foie-gras-video-hudson-valley_n_3429492.html.

The Humane Society of the United States. “Scientists and Experts on Force-Feeding for Foie Gras Production and Duck and Goose Welfare.” Accessed April 3, 2016. http://thehill.com/sites/default/files/HSUS__ForceFeedingForFoieGrasProductionandDuckandGooseWelfare_0.pdf.

“Welcome to Hudson Valley Foie Gras.” Accessed April 3, 2016. http://www.hudsonvalleyfoiegras.com/index.php/.

“What the Experts Say about Foie Gras | StopForceFeeding.com.” Accessed April 4, 2016. http://www.stopforcefeeding.com/content/what-experts-say-about-foie-gras.

Williams, Matt. “California Takes Foie Gras off the Menu, but Some Chefs Say Ban Is a Bit Rich.” The Guardian, June 30, 2012, sec. Life and style. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/jun/30/california-foie-gras-off-menu.

Zara, Christopher. “Amazon Urged To Ban Foie Gras: Animal-Rights Group Calls Retailer A Lame Duck Over Controversial Food.” International Business Times, June 12, 2013. http://www.ibtimes.com/amazon-urged-ban-foie-gras-animal-rights-group-calls-retailer-lame-duck-over-controversial-food.



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3 Comments

  1. sally anne hubbard on 04/5/16 at 2:15 am

    This is so upsetting. I will have to write to Amazon too.
    Do people not know what they are eating. It should be a law they have to watch the video first before they eat.

  2. Nancy on 04/9/16 at 12:48 pm

    I understand how upsetting this is, but it is no more cruel than what goes on in other aspects of the flesh, animal milk and egg industry. Fore example, it is as cruel to separte a mother cow from her calf, as we have seen in your video the Last embrace. It is just as cruel to grind chicks up alive,etc. All of nonhuman animal agriculture is unusually cruel.
    We would have to boycott every major market and restaurant. Including those that vegans flock to for their “vegan option.”( arent the cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, , served in these restaurants just as worthy of compassion?) Are some animals therefore more “equal than others?”
    Also Mercy for Animals is an animal WELFARE group They were one of the animal welfare groups that signed the Animal Advocacy Organizations Endorsing Whole Foods’ “Animal Compassionate” Standards

    • Emily Moran Barwick (BiteSizeVegan) on 04/11/16 at 7:49 pm

      Oh I totally agree Nancy! NO form of exploitation is better than another. And I do know that about MFA and fiercely disagree with welfare. However, I am grateful for their undercover exposes, though I do not agree with their ultimate conclusions, which seem to consistently be to push for better conditions. I have spoken out very often and in many videos that welfare is NOT the answer. In the first Expectation Vs Reality I used undercover footage from HSUS, which has its own issues as well. The experience of these animals that was captured, however, is no less valid. But I do share and appreciate your concerns.

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