David Martin MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament and one of the six MEPs representing Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg

Scottish MEP petitions to ban “cruel and obscene” practice

Scottish MEP David Martin, along with two fellow MEPs has this week handed in to the European Health and Food Safety commissioner a petition with 320,000 signatures urging the EU to ban the production of foie gras.

“Fatty liver paté is obtained by force-feeding geese and ducks and is already banned in many EU countries” said Mr Martin.

“The process makes the poor animals’ livers expand to up to ten times the normal size. We are petitioning for this cruel and obscene practice to be banned throughout the whole of the EU”

The process of force-feeding involves ramming pipes down the throats of ducks and geese three times a day and pumping up to four pounds of grain and fat into their stomachs, according to petition co-sponsor People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

This causes their livers to grow to 10 times their normal size, a practice which is extremely cruel and causes disease in the animals.

The petition calls for the practice to be banned in the five remaining countries where it is still legal - Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Hungary and Spain. The signatures were collected by four animal rights NGOs and delivered by Mr Martin along with fellow MEPs Stefan Eck, and Anja Hazekamp.

foie_gras_pic.jpgDavid Martin MEP with Stefan Eck MEP (Germany) and Anja Hazekam MEP (Netherlands) calling for the banning of the “cruel and unhealthy” practice of foie gras production throughout Europe.

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