Call for action: Farm Animals

Feb 16, 2015

The Truth Behind “Foie Gras”

The Truth Behind “Foie Gras”

Around the world, millions of ducks and geese suffer profound cruelty to produce “foie gras” (‘fatty liver’)- a “luxury product” whose production is infamous for its extreme and cruel methods.

Force feeding by thrusting a long pipe down the throats of ducks and geese is the defining production practice of foie gras. In modern gavage-based foie gras production, force feeding of ducks and geese results in livers swollen to many times their normal size, impaired liver function, expansion of the abdomen making it difficult for birds to walk, death if the force feeding is continued, and scarring of the esophagus.

But it doesn’t have to be this way!

As awareness of it’s production grows, so does international condemnation. As a product of animal cruelty, foie gras is losing appeal among consumers in its traditional markets around the world.

Because of its intrinsic cruelty, we are seeing an ever-growing number of countries passing laws prohibiting foie gras production and sale. A European Council Directive states: “No animal shall be provided with food or liquid in a manner... which may cause unnecessary suffering or injury”, and, as a result, many countries have banned the force feeding of animals for foie gras, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Argentina and Israel. In July 2014, India became the first country to ban the import of foie gras.

Find out more about the suspension of the development of a foie gras operation in Jiangxi province, China, in response to supporter opposition

Take Action

As a product reliant on consumer demand, your voice really can make a difference. Please Make a Pledge Today to Never Buy or Consume Foie Gras 

I am deeply saddened and horrified to learn of the methods used to produce “foie gras”.

Around the world, millions of ducks and geese suffer profound cruelty to produce this “luxury product”.

Force feeding by thrusting a long pipe down the throats of ducks and geese is the defining production practice of foie gras. In modern gavage-based foie gras production, force feeding of ducks and geese results in livers swollen to many times their normal size, impaired liver function, expansion of the abdomen making it difficult for birds to walk, death if the force feeding is continued, and scarring of the esophagus.

I thereby pledge to never consume or buy foie gras, and urge companies to reconsider the production and sale of foie gras whose production is infamous for its extreme and cruel methods.

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