This is the initial letter I sent to my House Representative. Please feel free to edit it and use it if you would like to send it to your State Representative to request sponsorship of a bill to make foie gras illegal in your state.
The Honorable Bill Hager
Florida House of Representatives
301 Yamato Rd., Ste. 1240
Boca Raton, FL 33431
November 26, 2012
Dear Representative Hager:
I’m writing to request your sponsorship of a bill proposing a ban on the sale of foie gras in Florida. The production of foie gras inflicts terrible pain and suffering on ducks and geese. It involves force-feeding the birds until their livers become grotesquely enlarged, up to 10 times their normal size. Force-fed birds often suffer from injuries to their bills, throats, and stomachs, such as bruising and lacerations, and they develop life-threatening diseases, including fatty liver disease (that’s what foie gras is—a diseased liver) as well as gastrointestinal diseases and blockages, spleen and blood disorders, and respiratory illnesses. A 2004 Zogby poll revealed that 80 percent of Americans support such a ban. Please take a moment to watch this video so that you can learn more about the disturbing methods used to produce foie gras.
Why foie gras? It is widely considered the most gratuitous and egregious form of animal agriculture, so much so that 14 countries and California have banned the practice. If you decide to sponsor this bill, the humane community will publicly support and celebrate your leadership on this historic step for animals.
I am available to discuss the bill proposal at your convenience. I look forward to hearing from you.
For all animals,
Andrew Kirschner, Ed.D.
Florida District 89
City, State, Zip
Andrew Kirschner, Ed.D., is a grassroots vegan animal rights activist. He writes a zero-profit blog, Kirschner’s Korner, to help raise awareness about issues affecting the global community to make the world a more humane place. To receive new articles via email, enter your email in the “Follow Blog Via Email” link at the top right of the blog.