Malaysian Beauty Thanuja Ananthan Joins PETA Campaign on Behalf of Tormented Birds
For Immediate Release:
17 May 2010
In the letter, Ananthan, who is also a law student, writes, "Foie gras production is hideously cruel". She goes on to explain that in order to make foie gras -- French for "fatty liver" -- workers jam metal pipes down the throats of ducks and geese and pump approximately 2 kilograms of a mixture of grain, maize and fat into the birds' stomachs several times a day.
"Many birds become too sick to stand", the letter continues. "The pipes often puncture birds' throats, and the massive amount of food sometimes ruptures their stomachs and other internal organs." The bodies of force-fed birds who have died show heavy internal bleeding, fungal and bacterial infections and hepatic encephalopathy -- a brain ailment caused by liver failure.
Foie gras production has been banned in more than a dozen countries, including the
A copy of Thanuja Ananthan's letter to Shamsul Azhar Abbas, CEO of Petronas, is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAAsiaPacific.com.