Target: President Pranab Mukherjee of India
Goal: Support India’s ban on imports of the cruel food product foie gras
India recently announced to the public that it has officially banned the import of foie gras, a duck or goose liver delicacy. Liver categorized as foie gras is engorged due to the duck or goose undergoing agonizing force feeding sessions. The process of obtaining foie gras is extremely painful and inhumane for the animal victim. Many upscale restaurants in India were pushing the sale of foie gras before the ban, which is largely the reason animal rights activists have encouraged the ban.
The import ban entails just that: a ban on importing foie gras into India. This ban does not include the sale of foie gras in restaurants, though along with the ban will come an increased difficulty in obtaining the delicacy for restaurants. The country imports most, if not all, of its foie gras, so the ban will have a significant impact on foie gras sale and consumption within India.
The production of foie gras is an extremely cruel practice. Many countries have already banned the production of foie gras, among them Denmark and Germany. Limiting exposure to the cruel delicacy is a huge step in the right direction. Applaud the President of India for putting forth this ban, and excluding countless ducks and geese from unspeakable cruelty; encourage him to extend the ban to the sale of foie gras in India.
Dear President Pranab Mukherjee,
I am writing to thank you for India’s recent ban on foie gras imports. I understand that the decision to ban this products was made due to the influence of animal rights activists. I cannot stress enough how important this ban is for the future of the cruel foie gras industry.
Shoving a pipe down the throat of a duck or goose and packing the bird full of grain until its liver enlarges to an unnatural size is unbelievable cruelty. To fathom that this cruelty is still advocated in many places around the world is difficult.
Mr. President, I urge you to consider taking the importation ban of foie gras one step further. Please put a ban on the sale and distribution of foie gras within India. I understand that an importation ban covers many, if not all, bases. However, there may be restaurants that will insist on acquiring the delicacy any way they can in order to continue sales. This would be devastating for the new movement to ban imports.
Thank you for understanding the importance of prohibiting foie gras. I urge you to consider further action, and commend your efforts thus far.
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