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Health and Consumer Affairs Department of the Basque Country (Spain) fines Mugaritz and foie gras supplying farm

Spain
Health and Consumer Affairs Department has initiated disciplinary proceedings against Mugala Innova SL, owner of Mugaritz - considered to be the third best restaurant in the world [1] - and also against Olga Posse Oliveira, owner of the duck breeding farm located in Momotegi Oiartzun (Basque Country). This farm suppies foie gras to a restaurant managed by chef, Andoni Luis Aduriz, who is considered to be the best chef in the world [2].

These disciplinary proceedings follow an expose of the foie gras farm by Animal Equality in July 2012.

The Health and Consumer Affairs Department has also ordered "the immediate end to all activities on the farm, and an end to the processing and sale of all foie gras products - both in public and in private businesses".

The evidence presented by Animal Equality includes voice recordings at the Momotegi farm, in which the Olga Posse Oliveira admits there are  irregularities, and the veterinarians and health inspectors turn a "blind eye" to them.

 

Besides multiple violations of basic health and hygiene standards, Mrs. Posse and her staff kill the ducks by stabbing them with a knife in their necks whilst fully conscious, which invariably must cause tremendous pain until they finally bleed to death.

Livers obtained on the farm were then sold illegally to the chef Andoni Luis Aduriz, who served the foie gras in what is considered to be the third best restaurant of the world, Mugaritz. He and other members of Mugaritz were aware of the irregularities, and the cruelty that was taking place on the farm and defended the cruel production of foie gras [3].

Health and Consumer Affairs Department of the Basque Country has authenticated the material obtained by Animal Equality.

These disciplinary proceedings follow other successes in Animal Equality’s campaign against the foie gras industry. The COOP in Italy - one of the largest chains of supermarkets - with over 1,470 outlets, agreed to end the sale of foie gras in October following the investigation [4]. In addition, eight MEPs held a conference in Brussels calling for a ban on foie gras, referencing the Animal Equality investigation and petition [5].

 

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[1] The secret of foie gras bare Mugaritz. Animal Equality.
[2] Mugaritz
[3] The truth of foie gras & Momotegi Mugaritz. 
[4] Most Italian supermarket chain will stop selling foie gras. Ecoticias
[5] MEPs call for Europe to ban sale of foie gras.

 

Animal Equality will continue working on the campaign to end foie gras production. We aim to inform society about the true suffering endured all animals exploited in this cruel industry; and call for a Europea-wide  ban on the production of foie gras. Bans are already in place in Argentina, Austria, Denmark, Czech Republic, Finland, Israel, Turkey, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and most recently, the state of California in the Unite States.