'Force-fed' ducks removed from farm

2012-03-16 22:07

Johannesburg - A number of Muscovy ducks have been taken from a farm in Lichtenburg, North West, where a pâté was being produced from their livers, the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) said on Friday.

The ducks were found in cages too small for them to stand up or stretch their wings, said NSPCA senior inspector Grace de Lange.

Inspectors also found a machine used to mechanically force-feed the ducks to enlarge their livers for the production of pâté de foie gras.

"This is how these ducks were living and this would continue for several weeks, until their livers had become extremely enlarged," she said.

"There is no humane way to produce pâté de foie gras."

A report on the condition of the ducks was being compiled and the NSPCA would lay criminal charges, in terms of the Animals Protection Act, against the farmers next week.

"An appeal is made to everyone - restaurateurs, caterers, chefs, the public and media - to please be aware of how this pt is produced and to come forward with any information relating to any local or alleged local production," De Lange said.

  • markus.hegewisch - 2012-03-16 22:34

    but foie gras tastes SO good!

      Billy - 2012-03-16 23:03

      So would you to Jeffrey Dahmer, idiot.

      Pulverturm - 2012-03-17 07:44

      If there is a hell... collectively, we as a human race are heading straight for it!

      Dries - 2012-03-17 08:12

      yes Markus I know but so will be ur ass in jail

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-17 08:39

      This is how they make pate. I am not sure if the author is aware of this, it sounds like they are not. That is why I don't eat foie gras. Sad but indeed true.

      Garth - 2012-03-17 09:42

      This is NOT how one makes pate' - a little research please . . . and `foie gras' translates to fattened liver. The process of gavage(sp?) is used to artificially and painfully enlarge the liver of a duck or more commonly a goose to ensure a larger yield and a richer flavour to the rendered liver. It is not a common practice outside of France/Belgium and everywhere outside of these two countries it is considerable abominably cruel - but then so too is all non free-range ranching for the production of food for the over population of humans.

      Garth - 2012-03-17 09:44

      sorry: `considered abominably . . .'

      Peter - 2012-03-17 10:25

      This is the same reasoning some of my freinds use. They love their dogs and cats, so one would assume they care for other living creatures. Yet they eat this "stuff", even though they know its production is mind bogglingly cruel. Why - because they like it? I guess we all eat eggs - regardless wether battery or free range. A sick kind of creature, us so called "intelligent" beings.

      Chad - 2012-05-11 22:19

      Why do chickens not get equal rights?

      Rosalind - 2012-05-12 18:02

      You have no heart ...

  • Muhammed Bhyat - 2012-03-16 22:57

    This is so tragic!!!

  • Wilma - 2012-03-16 23:35

    The human race can be so cruel .Disgusting.

  • robbieyahu - 2012-03-17 00:01

    if you think that this is an isolated thing ...think again !! pathetic !! and evil !!

  • Anthony - 2012-03-17 03:21

    At times I think we got major problems here in SA, but reading this; I know now, EVERYTHING will come right. I am so happy for the ducks!!!!!

  • Carla Knoll - 2012-03-17 05:31

    The spca does more good work than people tend to realize. \r\nThere is nothing worse than child and animal abuse.

      Anthony - 2012-03-17 07:23

      Carla, Maybe, there is some merit in, how these ducks should be fed or not fed, but to compare this to "child abuse" is TOTALLY INSANE !!!!!

      Stefanus - 2012-03-17 07:52

      @Africa That's not what she said troll. She made a statement. And she is 100% correct.

      Anthony - 2012-03-17 09:44

      Let me rephrase it; To comment in one sentence, about the treatment of a DUCK and that of a CHILD, is DUMB AND STUPID !!!!! But if it makes you happy, go for it !! IT IS INSANE

      Peter - 2012-03-17 10:32

      Africa - the abuse of animals and children has a link. Many child abusers have a history of animal abuse. In this case though it is different though, as it is more a general human phycopathic tendency that when animals are industrialy farmed it is not regarded as abuse. We tend to just prefer to pretend it isn't bad, like torturing a dog etc. In reality though, it is very scary what us humans do to other creatures - it is no wonder we kill each other so easily.

  • Trevor - 2012-03-17 06:59

    French...disgusting, you should see the little birds they catch then fry pay an arm and a leg for it...but still...French are sick

  • Jonathan - 2012-03-17 07:03

    And we humans are suppose to be the intelegent once. There is no diffrence between these farmers and rhino poachers,nail them big time. Restaurants and outlets selling foie gras should be closed douwn.

      Peter - 2012-03-17 10:36

      Its the consumers that make it worthwhile for the farmers. The greatest value humans have is rands and cents. We support all large scale industrial animal farming - why, because it makes our animal products cheaper. What things cost is how most humans measure things - what wonderful values us highly intelligent creatures have, amazing, isn't it?

  • Fiona - 2012-03-17 07:14

    Dahmer is a supporter of this vile trade.. he should be force fed in every orifice!

      sadiemy - 2012-03-17 08:53

      Jeffrey Dahmer is dead. He was killed in prison

      henk63 - 2012-03-17 09:03

      Hey Shrek's wife, Dahmer is long dead, executed for killing & eating humans. What has that got to do with the issue under discussion? Producing Foie gras is an ancient tradition, only recently frowned upon. To me, the real crime is keeping the geese in small cages, unable to move properly and burn off the fat. I've nevere tasted the pate and probably never will, but to compare the farmers with cannibals is a bit off the mark.

  • Fiona - 2012-03-17 07:18

    Jeffrey Dahmer is a supporter of this farming.. He should be force fed his sadism for cruelty in every one of his orifices!!

      Garth - 2012-03-17 09:47

      What are you on about? Are you confusing the now dead, cannibal, slayer of gay men and boys with the fictional `I ate his liver . . .' Doctor Hannibal Lector?

      Garth - 2012-03-17 09:49

      what's wrong with me today? `Lecter'.

  • Mary - 2012-03-17 09:18

    There actually is a humane way of producing the paté, already practised by some farmers who are doing a lucrative trade with restaurants which don't serve the traditional stuff any more. They're free-range geese/ducks fed as much grain as they want and believe me, they make such gluttons of themselves that they have grossly enlarged livers in a short time. Brought about by themselves, you can't fault that, can you?

      Jonathan - 2012-03-17 09:29

      Mary, Please explain the diffrence when we as humans explore this by overfeeding them to achieve the same results. They can not "think" for themselfs so because the ducks are doing it to themselfs, never mind the human role we play in it, it is OK. Don't fool your self. It is creul no matter how you look at it and it should be banned in SA. Restaurants and outlets that are selling this stuff should be named and shamed!!! We are suposed to be the intelegent species here.

      Peter - 2012-03-17 10:41

      Funnily enough I support you on this one Mary. People are going to eat the stuff regardless, so any improvement on the method of production should be accepted. Same with free range eggs - they make the criteria so strict that it becomes uneconomical. As long as the chickens can walk around, I'm happy. Pork is also farmed terribly - not much of an outcry about that. When I can I eat free range pork - it is much nicer than the factory stuff, no lies. Jonathan - there is a big difference between havong stuff forced down your throat or eating it yourself. A big difference.

      Toni - 2012-05-12 08:29

      Mary if they are selling / producing 'foie gras' then gavage or force feeding is a legal requirement, otherwise it is duck liver. Brought about by themsleves - are you serious? Migrating birds will overfeed at a specific time ie before migration, and their livers may expand to twice the size, which they fly off, much like carboloading. They will never eat to the point that their livers are 8-10 times normal size, an fg requirement, where they are in fact suffering hepatic lipidosos and cannot move properly due to such an enlarged organ which causes immense pain. Furthermore Muscovy's have no natural migration pattern, ie they are not considered migratory birds so in all probability do not in fact gorge as a migratory bird would! And of course gavage happens outside of France, Garth. The fact is that many countries have banned the production of foie gras due to the inherent cruelty, including Israel which was one of the biggest foie gras producing countries in the world!

  • Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2012-03-17 09:25

    Bet you the people that eat the by-product of this animal cruelty had a lot of self-righteous things to say about the Trumps hunting expedition!!! What disgusts me is how the guilty, direct or indirect, are so quick to justify their crimes whilst pointing fingers at everyone else for their crimes. No one is free from blame...except perhaps hardcore vegans.

      Peter - 2012-03-17 10:44

      True, but it doesn't mean you must not try to be wiser in your choice's. We all eat a lot of stuff every day that has very dubious origins - its a matter of trying to do the right thing. That will go a long way to making the world a better place. Perhaps a lost cause in the long run though?

      Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2012-03-17 12:00 are very much correct. The fact that these ducks live no normal semblance of a normal animals life is both horrific and unjust. Unfortunately, I am an omnivore by nature. I like my meat just as much as my vegetables and for this reason I cannot point fingers at those who hunt (provided their kill does not include endangered species) for example.

      Peter - 2012-03-17 15:26

      Gemma - as far as I'm concerned hunting is the least cruel of all methods to obtain meat. The animal lives wild and free until the day of its death, unlike industrially farmed animals. I am definately not anti hunting - don't like the trophy part of it though, I don't think you should get joy out of killing the most beautiful and biggest, it does not really make sense anyway, as the trophies are just as easy to kill as the normal pleb animals. It is weird to me to want to destroy something you admire, and then be proud of it. Humans ... ??? eish.

      Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2012-03-17 19:37

      Totally with you on that Peter

  • GrandmaGuineapig - 2012-03-18 15:13

    Humans r disgusting they cause so much misery and pain to the most innocent of creatures, it makes me ashamed to be human but, as a human, I can speak out against this sort of depravity and so do many others.

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