May 9, 2001
For more information contact: lauren Ornelas 404/315-8881
Trader Joe’s Ditches Ugly Duck Meat Industry
Launched with Paul McCartney, Viva! Campaign Takes Flight
Viva! has received word that Trader Joe’s stores will no longer be placing
orders for duck meat. Viva! campaigners around the country have been working
to get Trader Joe’s to dump duck meat since September.
According to letters sent to customers, Trader Joe’s will “no longer be
placing any more orders for duck meat.” They state that there is still
duck in their inventory, “but when it is gone it will not be replaced.”
“We are excited about Trader Joe’s decision to no longer carry duck meat,”
said lauren Ornelas, U.S. Campaigns Director, Viva! “It is good to know
that when presented with the facts, Trader Joe’s has chosen to make an
Trader Joe’s was selling duck meat from companies such as Maple Leaf Farms
and Grimaud Farms of California. Last year, another grocery store chain
- Earth Fare - dumped Grimaud Farms. Duck meat by Grimaud Farms is still
sold by Whole Foods.
Viva! investigated both Grimaud and Maple Leaf Farms and found that the
ducks are forced to live in crowded conditions, indoors, without enough
water to immerse their heads. Most farms offer ducks water only in the
form of nipple drinkers (a pipe with holes where water drops out). Without
an adequate amount of water, these aquatic birds find it difficult to
keep warm and may also develop eye problems that can result in blindness.
Both companies practice de-billing as a means to prevent feather-pulling
- a behavior caused by the stressful environment. In the US, thousands
of ducks are boiled alive in the slaughterhouse!
Viva! launched its campaign against duck meat in September of this year
with the help of Paul McCartney and actress Hayley Mills after investigating
Maple Leaf Farms and Grimaud Farms of California.
Full report, media briefing, photos, and video footage of duck units may
be requested from Viva! or found
on our website.
also our update on Trader Joe's