My old Cambridge colleagues Prof Don Broom (my PhD advisor) and Dr Irene Rochlitz (fellow grad student and post-doc) have produced a 54-page report on the welfare implications of foie gras production. The report is comprehensive and basically summarizes all the non-biased information on foie gras production with respect to bird welfare. There are 31 animal welfare-related conclusions including:
That's just a sample....
If you do eat foie gras, take the time to download and read the report.
The report was presented before the Belgian parliament in December, and before the French parliament yesterday. With a little help from Pamela Anderson, the presentation before the French got that bit more publicity! Don Broom doesn't get a speaking role in the video, but is on screen to Pamela's left as you look at it.
Of course animal welfare causes are dear to the hearts of quite a few 'celebrities', and there is always the danger that celebrity detracts from the substance of the message, but sometimes when the message is in danger of being ignored, you have to embrace the celebrity endorsement.
The full report can be accessed towards the bottom of this page: