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Volunteers Needed to Protect Ducks and Geese

January 6, 2011
Maui Weekly

The bill will be co-introduced following the Wednesday, Jan. 19, opening legislative session by Sen. Mike Gabbard, Sen. Chun Oakland and Rep. Angus McKelvey.

“Production of foie gras needs to be prohibited immediately,” said Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM, of Kïhei. “Force feeding of the animal species is simply inhumane and deserves no part in an intelligent society such as ours,” he said. “Secondly, the hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver) that afflicts the animals as consequence of the practice is an actual disease syndrome and a recognized medical problem. Finally, the product is simply a luxury food item and does not serve to feed a large portion or the population at a reasonable cost.”

“I support legislation to prohibit the production and sale this product for these reasons,” said Dr. Dressler.

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These lucky ducks will never have to fear they’ll become “luxury food” if animal rights activists pass legislation to ban foie gras production in Hawai‘i.

In California and 15 nations in Europe, this process is banned due to cruelty.

“What volunteers can do to help get this bill passed includes little steps and many little actions, which, when combined, make a huge difference!” said Barbara Steinberg, an animal advocate and supporter of the bill. Several hearings will take place soon to hopefully pass this into law, she added.

“We have three weeks to disseminate the information to Hawai‘i about this cruel force-feeding of birds, so it begins here,” said Steinberg, who is organizing volunteer teams to support the bill.

Volunteers are needed for research, public relations, phone, networking, petition, statement, lobbying, legislative site name list, flyer and study teams.

Email Steinberg at to sign up for email alerts and to learn where to email/fax testimonials after the bill has been assigned a number. Track the bill’s status at



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