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Foie gras: what consumers eat and what producers won’t tell you


pattes canard en cage de gavage

An event co-organized by
Nadja Hirsch (ALDE), Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP), Andrea Zanoni (ALDE), Yves Cochet
(Greens/European Free Alliance), Carl Schlyter (Greens/European Free Alliance), Kartika
Liotard (GUE/NGL), David Martin (S&D)

and supported by
Compassion In World Farming, Four Paws, Humane Society International, L214, World
Society for the Protection of Animals

17 October 2012, 9 – 11 h
European Parliament, A5G375

9.00 Opening

  • Nadja Hirsch (ALDE), MEP

9.15 Statements by the Animal Welfare Intergroup

  • Dan Jørgensen (S&D), President, Animal Welfare Intergroup

9.30 View from the NGOs

  • Dr Joanna Swabe, Humane Society International, EU Director
    Introduction to foie gras production
    Video Discover Foie Gras (L214, 2012)
  • Olga Kikou, Compassion in World Farming, European Affairs Manager
    The illegality of force-feeding and the scientific report « Welfare Aspects of theProduction of Foie Gras in Ducks and Geese »1
  • Johanne Mielcarek, L214, Campaigner
    Situation in France and INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique) research
    Complaint against France
    Video Illegal cages for foie gras production in France (L214, 2012)
  • Marcus Müller, Four Paws, Expert for geese and ducks
    Complaint against Hungary
    Video Illegal cages for foie gras production in Hungary (Four Paws, 2012)

10.10 Session for questions and answers

  • all participants
    In the presence of Dr Yvan Beck – vet, scientific expert and President of « Planète Vie »

10.40 Snack with Faux Gras de GAIA (Global Action in the Interest of Animals)

11.00 Closing

  • Nadja Hirsch (ALDE) and Andreas Erler (Animal Welfare Intergroup)

Moderator: Dr. Joanna Swabe, Humane Society International, EU Director

1. European Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare, 16 December 1998.

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