Target: Isamu Nakayama, President, FamilyMart Japan
Goal: Applaud store’s cancellation of the release of a ready-made foie gras meal
FamilyMart, a Japanese chain of convenience stores, has recently cancelled the release of a foie gras bento box. The ready-to-eat foie gras and beef patty meal was scheduled to launch on January 28, but due to public outcry, will never reach the shelves. The chain cites customer complaints and changing public opinion as reasons.
Foie gras, considered a delicacy by some, is produced by force-feeding ducks and geese until their livers become enlarged. The process involves placing a tube down the birds’ throats into the esophagus and funneling in up to four pounds of grain feed per day. This high-starch and high-protein diet can cause birds’ livers to enlarge to ten times their regular size.
The birds, who are kept in dark cages for most of their lives, develop a host of health issues from their treatment, including tissue damage and bone fractures due to obesity. They constantly pant, as if perpetually exhausted, and leave their feathers ragged and unpreened, a sign of stress or disease. Many of the ducks and geese are unable to move as rats or bugs, which are rampant in these conditions, literally eat them alive.
The brutality of the foie gras industry has resulted in a ban on the delicacy in several countries, including Turkey, South Africa, and Israel, as well as many US states and cities. Scientists have concluded that the force-feeding process has a detrimental impact on the birds’ welfare. Commend Japanese chain FamilyMart for responding to public demand that the cruel delicacy not be served, and for staying in tune with evolving animal welfare standards worldwide.
Dear Isamu Nakayama, President, FamilyMart Japan,
Recently, FamilyMart cancelled the release of a ready-to-eat bento box containing a foie gras and beef patty. The decision was made in response to customer dissatisfaction regarding the cruel nature of the foie gras industry. The delicacy, produced by enlarging the livers of ducks or geese by force-feeding, causes stress, disease, and other health issues in birds. Some of the birds are left panting, unable to move, and in dark, filthy conditions for most of their lives.
The cruel delicacy, considered detrimental to the well-being of birds, has been banned in several countries, and has been banned from many retail outlets as well. I applaud FamilyMart’s efforts to stay in tune with customer expectations as well as advancing worldwide animal welfare standards.
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Photo credit: Global Action in the Interest of Animals via Creative Commons