Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Quebecois Foie Gras producer, Elevages Perigord, has fired an employee seen mistreating ducks on the farm in an undercover video shot by an activist group, the Montreal Gazette reports. Enforcing what they say is a zero-tolerance policy against animal cruelty at the farm, the company determined this guy had to go after an internal review. They do not plan to take action against any other workers until an official investigation by state authorities is completed.
While FoieBlog things it's a real shame this happened at all, its even worse that it was brought to light by a flunky from Global Action Network. We would hope that a well-regarded company like Elevages Perigord would do a better job policing themselves, but things do happen and we give them the benefit of the doubt. That said, we hope intelligent observers will not lose sight of the fact that this is not in any way an indictment of Foie Gras production or gavage, but merely the case of a Jacques Ass of the highest order.
Still, what exactly do we know about this guy? How long did he work at Elevages Perigord? Who did he know? Could he have been a plant himself?
FoieBlog hates to practice yellow journalism, but, what the heck, we're just a blog. What do you expect?