This week, Amber Canavan of Syracuse, New York, began a 45-day jail sentence for liberating two ducks from the notorious Hudson Valley Foie Gras farm. She had gone into the facility undercover to document the conditions in which the ducks are kept.
Amber has gotten a lot of support and brought much media attention to the plight of birds used to produce foie gras (French for “fatty liver”), a “delicacy” made from the livers of ducks and geese who have been force-fed. Two to three times a day, a worker shoves a long metal tube all the way down each bird’s throat and uses an air pump to shoot up to two pounds of corn mush into their esophagus. A duck’s liver naturally weighs about 50 grams, but to qualify as foie gras, the industry’s own regulations require ducks’ livers to weigh an absolute minimum of 300 grams.
In an interview with The New York Times after her arraignment in February, Amber wouldn’t comment “about any missing ducks” from Hudson Valley Foie Gras, but said that rescuing them would be understandable. “Honestly, if they were concerned about losing a few ducks,” she said, then “they shouldn’t be treating them so poorly.”
Ways you can support Amber:
Write to her (updated address):
Sullivan County Jail
attn: Amber Canavan
4 Bushnell Ave.
Monticello, NY 12701
“Like” her support Facebook page
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