Beauty and the Birds

Posted on by Ashley Fruno

Our gorgeous Miss World Malaysia Thanuja Ananthan joins actor Kate Winslet and Formula One heiress Tamara Ecclestone in speaking out against the torture of ducks and geese in foie gras production. Ananthan recently made an earnest request to Petronas, F1’s top sponsor, asking it to ban foie gras from all F1 events. Since Petronas’ CEO continues to turn a deaf ear to her request and is also ignoring a letter from Ecclestone, it is your turn to make a move!

To make foie gras—French for “fatty liver”—workers use metal pipes to pump approximately 2 kilograms of a mixture of grain, maize, and fat into the stomachs of ducks and geese several times per day. In human terms, that would be the equivalent of being forced to eat roughly 20 kilograms of pasta! As a result, the birds’ livers swell to up to 10 times their normal size, and the animals become sick and are often unable to move.

The pipes often puncture birds’ throats, and many animals bleed to death as a result. The bodies of force-fed birds who have died show heavy internal bleeding, fungal and bacterial infections, and hepatic encephalopathy—a brain ailment caused by liver failure. You can prevent this suffering! It’s easy. Simply join Ecclestone, Ananthan, Winslet, and many other compassionate people around the world in pledging never to eat foie gras.

Posted by Ashley Fruno