Looking Through a Lens on Animal Cruelty in France

by RayM on January 26, 2015 - 11:05pm

An article, published in The Gazette on January 22nd, 2015 by The Telegraph, brought up the issue of animal cruelty.  The title of this article, “Foie Gras Company on Trial for ‘Extreme Cruelty’ to Ducks and Geese: ‘We Are Not Barbarians’”, gives a glimpse of the conflict in this situation. The trial against the company called Ernest Soulard happened because the French animal rights group, L214, posted a video of geese being force-fed on the farms of this French company. In this short video, there are ducks that are kept in inhumane conditions; some have open wounds, and are injured or even dead. This article presents both sides of the situation. On one side, Ernest Soulard states that it cannot be proven that the video was taken on one of their farms. On the other side, the L214 group argues that pictures were obtained by someone with access to Ernest Soulard’s feeding rooms. The trial between these two groups is ongoing. Evidently, there are many issues within this situation, but the most important one to address would be animal cruelty. It is morally wrong to force-feed and mistreat animals which is why this part of the world needs improvement.

The Gazette is a reliable source because it is the oldest English newspaper in Quebec since 1764.


Original Source : http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/world/Foie+gras+company+trial+extreme+cruelty+ducks+geese/10754707/story.html


I found that your bringing out a very big problem that is going on France, but is also a major problem world wide especially in countries that over consume like the united states or Canada. This is an issue that really disgusts me when it comes to the mistreatment of animals and the horrible conditions these farmers put these helpless animals in. The fact is that everybody knows what is going on in these farms for the most part but they don't want to accept the facts and in a way ignore the horrible reality. I mean the only way too really make a change is to become a vegetarian but for the most people they will never even consider doing so . There has to be drastic changes if we want to see a change. These mass production farmers will do anything to make more money, and when it comes to mistreating animals they could not care less. When you see the conditions animals live in you feel bad because the don't live the life they deserve, they suffer from the first day they are born and it is really unfortunate and sad to say. Like I said there has to be a drastic change in the entire world.

I believe you have correctly identified an area of our world which truly does need improvement. It is quite deplorable that we still think we can treat animals so cruelly in our world today. I would like to add a little to what you mentioned. The ducks and geese who are used to make Foie Gras aren't simply force-fed, they are also living in horrible conditions. They are often all crammed in together and their engorged livers make it difficult for them to even stand. In fact, these animals are so stressed out that they even pull out their own feathers and cannibalize each other. This is truly one of the most horrible practices I have heard of. I believe that here in Canada, we should push to ban this practice. It is already illegal in California and force-feeding is already illegal in many countries such as Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K. I thought it might interest you to see what PETA's position is on this practice. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, is the largest animal rights group in the world. Here is a link to an article on their website regarding foie gras: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/ducks-g...