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Woman force-fed grains in Kennedy Plaza as part of PETA foie gras protest

“Most people would never dream of ramming a tube down a dog’s throat to have their livers become diseased,” said PETA Campaigner Amanda Brody.
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Published on September 23, 2021
By Steve Ahlquist

Activists from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) were at Kennedy Plaza in Providence today to call attention to the cruelty of foie gras, a dish made from the diseased livers of ducks and geese force-fed grain. To make the point, PETA set up a small restaurant table where an activist dressed as a server force-fed a woman ordering foie gras. The woman is shown to be in extreme discomfort with blood on her face.

“Foie gras is a product of extreme violence and cruelty,” said Amanda Brody, a PETA Campaigner. “Workers violently force-feed ducks and geese, multiple times a day, causing their livers to swell to ten times their normal size. Animals are kept in filthy, crowd cages and sheds. Sometimes they rip out their own feathers or attack each other due to chronic stress.

“Most people would never dream of ramming a tube down a dog’s throat to have their livers become diseased,” added Brody.

Currently California and New York have outlawed foie gras.

“We can all stop needless killing, end enormous suffering and better health by going vegan,” said Brody. “No one needs to eat foie gras or really, any other part of an animal for a healthy diet.”


When PETA activists first arrived at Kennedy Plaza at the corner of Washington and Dorrance Street in Providence, they were approached by officials from the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) and told they could not stage a protest because the Plaza was “private RIPTA property.” The activists protested, and UpriseRI stepped in as well to inform the RIPTA officials that RIPTA is a public/private partnership, and that the public has every right to stage a protest on RIPTA property. The officials left saying they would contact the Providence Police Department, but the police never came, and the RIPTA officials backed off their false claims.

The House sponsor of the bill, Brandon Potter (Democrat, District 16, Cranston), meets with activists

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