For Immediate Release
July 14, 2007
Austin Activist Taking Veal and Foie Gras Purveyors to Task
Spray Paint and Broken Windows Greet Cruelest of Restaurateurs
Austin, TX- At least one Austin activist is taking a hands-on approach to holding restaurateurs serving veal and foie gras responsible for the unfathomable cruelty they perpetuate. At least seven local restaurants had windows smashed or slogans spray-painted on their facilities, decrying the cruelty inherent in their never-ending search for profit. Local television stations and the Austin American-Statesman newspaper have publicized the events, including the airing of video footage detailing ducks being force fed to enlarge their livers for foie gras production. Photos of the attacks were posted on a website, http://vegangstar.angelfire.com/
Meanwhile, local Austin animal rights activists are seen on local television quaking in their boots, renouncing direct action that not only cost animal abusers money and increased insurance premiums, but did more to educate the general public about cruelty to veal calves and ducks than anyone in recent memory.
Animal Liberation Press Officer Jerry Vlasak, MD, who is from Austin but currently resides in Los Angeles explains: “No intelligent human being who is made aware of the inordinate suffering of baby cows in veal crates, where they spend their entire short lives fed an intentionally iron-poor diet until being carted off to slaughter, would spend a nickel on veal, no matter how trendy the restaurant. It only remains for more people to be educated about the inherent cruelty in veal and foie gras production to stop these horrendous practices. Unfortunately, it sometimes requires the actions of clandestine activists to overcome the silence bought by the profits of the industry.”
For more information visit, http://www.veganoutreach.org/whyvegan