Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also “too big to jail.”
The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is asking the USDA to require foie gras to have a cigarette-like warning on all product packaging.
The group is asking that the USDA mandate that all foie gras packages be marked with the statement “NOTICE: Foie gras products are derived from diseased birds.” The ALDF argues that, foie gras consumers have the right to know the risks that come with buying the product.
The ALDF explains their reasoning like this:
“Ducks are force-fed three pounds of mash a day through a pipe that is shoved down their throats - the equivalent of force-feeding 45 pounds of food to an adult human - inducing a liver disease known as hepatic lipidosis that often cripples and poisons the birds.”
The equivalent of force-feeding an adult human 45 pounds of food? The average bag of potatoes is about 5 pounds so this would be like being force-fed 9 bags of potatoes every day. That is enough to make anyone sick.
You can help spread the word about the dangers foie gras poses to animals and consumers by asking the USDA to mandate an industry wide warning label. Sign the ALDF petition today.