A day after the New York City board voted to ban the sale of foie gras, animal rights activists sued the most significant U.S. supplier of the French special for alleged inhumane treatment of ducks.
Citizens For Animal Rights, a New York-based nonprofit, filed the claim in Brooklyn federal court late Thursday. Activists accuse Union, New Jersey-based D’Artagnan, Inc. and D’Artagnan, LLC of “misleading advertising and marketing of foie gras products,” made from fattened duck livers.
The company states birds at two farms outside New York City are fed in a humane way through a plastic tube employees slip down their throats. About two hours north of the city, the Hudson Valley Foie Gras and La Belle jointly raise 350,000 birds a year, selling the livers for about $15 million, plus duck byproducts. Each worker feeds hundreds of them a day, squirting soft corn-based feed into every one through the beak every 8 hours.
D’Artagnan issued a declaration late Friday calling the suit “pointless.”
” If their issues are truly with animal well-being, they ought to focus their efforts on big factory farms, where there are real concerns,” the company stated. “We’re positive that the justice system will see this lawsuit for what it is.”
But supporters of the costs that passed Wednesday say the force-feeding includes animal ruthlessness, expanding livers as much as 10 times the typical size in an animal so heavy its breathing becomes labored. According to the claim, the ducks utilized in D’Artagnan items “are raised in inhumane conditions.” Thousands of birds are kept in massive barns without any access to the outdoors and their natural environment, the fit says.
Offering foie gras in New York City dining establishments and gourmet groceries will be unlawful starting in 2022.
Voters For Animal Rights, based in Brooklyn, looks for no financial damages, only “an injunction to end D’Artagnan’s misleading marketing and marketing practices.”
Animal rights activists take legal action against most significant US foie gras distributor
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