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Want to get a good night's sleep? Urge Marriott to protect animals by barring foie gras and wild animals from its hotels.
Foie gras, French for "fatty liver," is made from the grotesquely enlarged livers of male ducks and geese. Two or three times a day, farmers pump up to 2 pounds of grain into birds' stomachs via metal pipes rammed down their throats. This causes birds' livers to swell to up to 10 times their normal size. The pipes sometimes puncture birds' throats, and the massive amount of food that they're force-fed can rupture their stomachs and other internal organs.
Foie gras production is so cruel that it's been banned in several countries as well as in California. Major companies—including Aramark, Costco, FreshDirect, Postmates, Target, and Whole Foods—have stopped selling foie gras, and world-renowned chefs Wolfgang Puck and the late Charlie Trotter removed it from their menus.
Marriott is also turning a blind eye to abuse by permitting the exhibition of wild animals—who are forced to perform through pain and intimidation. When they're not performing, these sensitive, emotionally complex animals are routinely chained or confined to cages—sometimes for days on end—and may be forced to eat, sleep, and defecate all in the same place. Dozens of jurisdictions and hundreds of venues nationwide prohibit wild-animal displays.
Marriott recently issued its first-ever animal welfare statement, but it makes no mention of foie gras or wild-animal acts, despite the cruelty inherent in these industries. Please ask Marriott to ban wild animals and foie gras from all its hotels.