Martin: a "sacred" goose

ransomed from a goose farm

Saint Martin's Day,
is the day of the death of the stuffed geese

From the perspective of Gut Aiderbichl
(written by Gisela Pschenitschnig)

11 November is approaching. Do the geese on the foie gras farms already sense their approaching end?
Many of the geese living on Gut Aiderbichl's farms have escaped certain death before Martin. For years, they have enjoyed their freedom, the safe environment, their beautiful wooden houses, where they sleep protected overnight.

Our Martin - ransomed from a goose farm

Martin, a domestic goose, has been living the good life at Gut Aiderbichl Carinthia since 2017. He was fattened up and was rescued a few days before St. Martin's Day 2017. He was lucky and as if he knew it, he cackles "The songs of freedom" loudly to himself all day long.

On the goose farms, the geese live in cramped cages where movement is impossible. Up to four times a day, the animals are fed about 1000 grams of maize porridge. This amount is comparable to seven kilograms of spaghetti that a human being would have to eat every day.

Towards the end of fattening, the warehouses with the fattening geese become quiet, dead quiet. The animals can no longer move and have pain when breathing, because the fat liver presses on the lungs. They gasp for air through their half-open beaks.

Foie gras is more and more "out"

Numerous restaurateurs are increasingly convinced that a good meal does not depend on the "foi gras". A fatty liver is a deliberately diseased organ and is of course not healthy for humans either.

More and more people are rejecting products from animal fattening and prefer healthy, vegetarian or even vegan cuisine.

Ducks and geese are very social animals and good "watchdogs".

Ducks and geese are very social creatures that like to run together, chatter loudly, swim and raise their little ones with lots of love and care. They should never be kept alone, they become lonely and die within a very short time. As we know, geese and ducks defend their territory and if you get too close to them, you will hear a sensitively loud chatter.

They hiss and show their little teeth, then it is probably better to take your feet in your hands and run away. Bruises on the calves are otherwise inevitable. On St. Martin's Day, replace roast duck, roast goose and "foi gras" with a good bread dumpling with blue cabbage.

Animals are my friends, and I do not eat my friends. (G. B. Shaw)

Sincerely, your Gisela

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