Wolfgang Puck Says 'No' to Foie Gras and Other Forms of Animal Cruelty

Farm Sanctuary Thanks Renowned Chef for Taking Stand Against Important

Factory Farming Abuses and for Offering Vegetarian Options



22 Mar, 2007, 01:00 ET from Farm Sanctuary

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farm Sanctuary,
 the nation's leading farm animal shelter and advocacy organization, today
 thanked Wolfgang Puck for addressing farm animal welfare concerns by taking
 foie gras and crated veal and pork off his menus. Farm Sanctuary first
 contacted Wolfgang Puck in 2002 about humane concerns as part of its
 campaigns to prevent the cruel treatment of farm animals. Wolfgang Puck has
 removed foie gras from all of the Wolfgang Puck companies' restaurants and
 is implementing a series of other animal welfare improvements to be
 completed by the end of 2007.
     In a bold move and in recognition of the growing importance of animal
 welfare to the nation's consumers, Wolfgang Puck is expanding his offerings
 of animal-free meals, and has developed a comprehensive plan to directly
 reduce the suffering of the animals who are used for his other menu
 options.
     "Farm Sanctuary is very pleased that Wolfgang Puck has taken such
 impressive steps in the right direction," said Gene Baur, president of Farm
 Sanctuary. "We are grateful to see a chef of Wolfgang Puck's stature take
 steps away from factory farming by eliminating several egregious practices.
 His statement is consistent with a growing wave of concern over the way
 farm animals are treated."
     Farm Sanctuary first approached Wolfgang Puck nearly five years ago
 regarding farm animal treatment issues and, more recently, worked with the
 Humane Society of the United States to help The Wolfgang Puck companies
 create a plan that addresses a wide range of farm animal and vegetarian
 issues.
     "When a highly respected icon in the food industry takes a bold
 position like this, it has an impact," said Baur. "Other chefs and
 establishments should follow in Wolfgang Puck's footsteps." Farm Sanctuary
 has convinced nearly 1,000 restaurants across the U.S. to sign pledges not
 to sell foie gras because of humane concerns.
     Farm Sanctuary led a campaign in Chicago to ban the sale of foie gras
 -- a campaign that garnered widespread support among humane organizations,
 businesses and religious leaders. The City Council passed the measure by a
 48 to 1 margin and went into effect in August 2006.
     About Foie Gras
     Foie gras (French for "fatty liver") is produced by force-feeding ducks
 and geese through a pipe shoved down their throats, causing the birds'
 livers to expand up to 10 times their normal size. The liver, which becomes
 diseased, is turned into pate and sold as an expensive appetizer.
 Force-feeding birds to make foie gras is so cruel that it has been outlawed
 in more than a dozen countries, as well as in California and Chicago. More
 information about Farm Sanctuary's No Foie Gras Campaign can be found at
 http://www.NoFoieGras.org.
     About Crated Veal
     More than four million male calves are born to dairy cows every year
 and approximately 750,000 are sold to the veal industry. Veal calves are
 taken away from their mothers immediately after birth. They are chained
 inside 2- foot-wide wooden crates where they cannot turn around, stretch
 their limbs or even lie down comfortably. The calves are fed a liquid,
 fiber-free and iron- deficient diet that causes anemia and produces the
 pale flesh known as "white" veal. This diet causes chronic diarrhea, which
 these calves are forced to live in under confinement until they are
 slaughtered around 20 weeks. Most European countries view veal production
 as so cruel that they have banned the practice altogether. More information
 about Farm Sanctuary's No Veal Campaign can be found at
 http://www.NoVeal.org.
     About Farm Sanctuary
     Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection
 organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to
 expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through
 research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public
 awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts.
 Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide
 lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors
 for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of
 factory farming. Additional information can be found at
 http://www.FarmSanctuary.org or by calling 607-583-2225.
 
 

SOURCE Farm Sanctuary
    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farm Sanctuary,
 the nation's leading farm animal shelter and advocacy organization, today
 thanked Wolfgang Puck for addressing farm animal welfare concerns by taking
 foie gras and crated veal and pork off his menus. Farm Sanctuary first
 contacted Wolfgang Puck in 2002 about humane concerns as part of its
 campaigns to prevent the cruel treatment of farm animals. Wolfgang Puck has
 removed foie gras from all of the Wolfgang Puck companies' restaurants and
 is implementing a series of other animal welfare improvements to be
 completed by the end of 2007.
     In a bold move and in recognition of the growing importance of animal
 welfare to the nation's consumers, Wolfgang Puck is expanding his offerings
 of animal-free meals, and has developed a comprehensive plan to directly
 reduce the suffering of the animals who are used for his other menu
 options.
     "Farm Sanctuary is very pleased that Wolfgang Puck has taken such
 impressive steps in the right direction," said Gene Baur, president of Farm
 Sanctuary. "We are grateful to see a chef of Wolfgang Puck's stature take
 steps away from factory farming by eliminating several egregious practices.
 His statement is consistent with a growing wave of concern over the way
 farm animals are treated."
     Farm Sanctuary first approached Wolfgang Puck nearly five years ago
 regarding farm animal treatment issues and, more recently, worked with the
 Humane Society of the United States to help The Wolfgang Puck companies
 create a plan that addresses a wide range of farm animal and vegetarian
 issues.
     "When a highly respected icon in the food industry takes a bold
 position like this, it has an impact," said Baur. "Other chefs and
 establishments should follow in Wolfgang Puck's footsteps." Farm Sanctuary
 has convinced nearly 1,000 restaurants across the U.S. to sign pledges not
 to sell foie gras because of humane concerns.
     Farm Sanctuary led a campaign in Chicago to ban the sale of foie gras
 -- a campaign that garnered widespread support among humane organizations,
 businesses and religious leaders. The City Council passed the measure by a
 48 to 1 margin and went into effect in August 2006.
     About Foie Gras
     Foie gras (French for "fatty liver") is produced by force-feeding ducks
 and geese through a pipe shoved down their throats, causing the birds'
 livers to expand up to 10 times their normal size. The liver, which becomes
 diseased, is turned into pate and sold as an expensive appetizer.
 Force-feeding birds to make foie gras is so cruel that it has been outlawed
 in more than a dozen countries, as well as in California and Chicago. More
 information about Farm Sanctuary's No Foie Gras Campaign can be found at
 http://www.NoFoieGras.org.
     About Crated Veal
     More than four million male calves are born to dairy cows every year
 and approximately 750,000 are sold to the veal industry. Veal calves are
 taken away from their mothers immediately after birth. They are chained
 inside 2- foot-wide wooden crates where they cannot turn around, stretch
 their limbs or even lie down comfortably. The calves are fed a liquid,
 fiber-free and iron- deficient diet that causes anemia and produces the
 pale flesh known as "white" veal. This diet causes chronic diarrhea, which
 these calves are forced to live in under confinement until they are
 slaughtered around 20 weeks. Most European countries view veal production
 as so cruel that they have banned the practice altogether. More information
 about Farm Sanctuary's No Veal Campaign can be found at
 http://www.NoVeal.org.
     About Farm Sanctuary
     Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection
 organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to
 expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through
 research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public
 awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts.
 Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide
 lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors
 for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of
 factory farming. Additional information can be found at
 http://www.FarmSanctuary.org or by calling 607-583-2225.
 
 SOURCE Farm Sanctuary