From: Contact stopgavage

Danger : force feeding could be allowed in organic farming

Date: May 7, 2007

Dear Sir, Dear Madam,
Stopgavage is a french animalist group aiming at banning force feeding, as you can appreciate by visiting our website :
Current regulation on organic products explicitly forbids the force feeding of animals. Surprisingly, this standard has not been included in the new European Regulation proposal on organic food production and labelling (1). We are very concerned that the dispensation mentioned in the article 16 of the proposal may entitle to produce organic foie gras through force feeding of ducks and geese.
Foie gras production is notoriously harmful to animals. Scientific evidence has shown that, along with the force feeding process itself, over feeding of animals results in diseases and increased mortality rates. The European Commission Scientific report of 16 December 1998 (2) concludes that foie gras is the pathological liver of a bird suffering from hepatic steatosis.
We have sent the European Commission a letter urging that force feeding of animals continues to be forbidden in the new proposal. The text should be discussed and perhaps approved during the Agriculture Ministers Council, next June.
If you also believe that the force feeding of animals is contrary to the animal welfare values and the image of organic agriculture, may we urge you to write to the Agriculture & Rural Development Commission and to the Minister of Agriculutre in your country to ask them to not allow force feeding amongst organic agriculture standards ?
Please find here attached our own letter to the Commission, which you can use for yourself if you wish.
We would appreciate if you could keep us updated with any action you may take on this issue.
Yours sincerely,
Stop Gavage Team

(1). COUNCIL REGULATION amending Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 on organic production of agricultural products and indications referring thereto in agricultural products and foodstuffs (presented by the Commission) (2). Report of the Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare on Welfare Aspects of the Production of Foie Gras in Ducks and Geese, adopted on December 16th, 1998