For Immediate Release: March 28, 2003
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Animal Activists to Protest Whole Foods Market
National Campaign Raises Factory Farm Issue with Natural Food Store
Santa Monica Activists from Viva!, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, UCLA Students for Animal Liberation and the Foundation for Animal Liberation will be holding banners to tell Whole Foods' shareholders and the public that Whole Foods sells factory farmed duck meat. Three life-sized duck mannequins will be on display to show how factory-farmed ducks are treated.
A representative of Viva! and PeTA will go into the meeting to address the shareholders. Events will also be taking place at their regional offices or stores in Chicago; Austin, TX; Needham, MA; Rockville, MD; Roswell, GA; Plantation, FL; San Francisco & San Diego, CA.
When: Monday, March 31 8:30am
Where: Fairmont Miramar (101
Wilshire Blvd. at Ocean)
Foie gras is produced by force-feeding ducks (or geese) until their livers are about 10 times their normal size. Birds are restrained and then force-fed through a tube or pipe. Many European countries including Denmark, Germany, Norway, Poland, the UK and Switzerland have specific legislation prohibiting force-feeding of animals or general animal protection legislation such that force-feeding would be prohibited.
"Whole Foods affiliation with this type of business is shameful", said Ornelas.
Whole Foods maintains an image of concern for the environment and for the welfare of animals while many of their stores continue to sell duck meat from factory farms. "Trader Joe's, Wild Oats and Earth Fare have all stopped carrying duck meat from this farm out of concern for their inhumane practices. We are shocked that Whole Foods has not immediately done the same," said Ornelas.
Viva! launched its campaign against duck meat in September of 2000 with the help of Paul McCartney and actress Hayley Mills. Viva!'s USA headquarters is based in Davis, CA. Video footage of duck units; full report; media briefing and photos, are available from Viva! or on their website at www.vivausa.org.