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.