Friday, July 13, 2007

This is nasty (Redux)

This video of ducks being abused at a foie gras farm operated by Elevages Perigord in Quebec was tough to watch. I was not bothered by the force feeding scene so much although I've seen it handled with much less distress to the ducks. Neither am I troubled by the scene in the abattoir when the ducks are being slaughtered. But there are some shocking scenes of callous workers smothering and crushing ducklings and battering sick ducks to death.

I certainly do not see this video as a persuasive argument against foie gras production. I've seen this kind of sadistic behavior at chicken farms, and I'm sure there is nothing about it that is unique to poultry farms. But the video does beg the question of how we can effectively regulate farms to prevent this sort of cruelty from occurring. I'm not sure that switching production to smaller farms would do the trick (neither is suspending the perpetrator, that's lame). The chicken farm where I saw birds being banged around by a worker who was mad because they were pecking his arms as he was loading them into a truck was rather small as I recall.

I don't have any answers, but I do know that I don't like this.


Chubby said...

Hey, it's "no longer available" bummer

Bob del Grosso said...

I've found another copy. It should work now.