Let us fight to ban Foie Gras and never eat it!

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Ninety per cent of all foie gras – goose liver – is consumed by the French! The method of making this ‘delicacy’ is horrifying, heart rending, petrifying. Two month old geese and ducks are force fed huge amounts of food through tubes or pipes for two to three weeks. Once their livers are expanded unto ten times their normal size they are killed. They suffer from agonising pain, fear, throat bruising, and suffocation. The EU acknowledges that foie gras production contravenes animal welfare regulations. From: A Good Life The Guide to Ethical Living by Leo Hickman.

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A PETA investigation at Hudson Valley Foie Gras (then known as Commonwealth Enterprises), a production facility in New York, revealed that workers were expected to force-feed 500 birds three times a day. A worker told one of PETA’s investigators that he could feel tumor-like lumps, caused by force-feeding, in some ducks’ throats. One duck had a maggot-covered neck wound that was so severe that water spilled out of it when he drank. Workers routinely carried ducks by their necks, causing them to choke and defecate in distress.

One veterinarian who accompanied the police on their raid of Commonwealth noted, “Many of the ducks … were lame or unable to walk without using their wings for support. Some ducks moved by pushing their bodies along the floor.” The same veterinarian said, “All of the birds in the force-feeding area had dirty, ragged, incomplete plumage, yet none were attempting to preen. Only severely stressed or ill ducks allow their plumage to deteriorate to [such a] degree. … Normal ducks keep their feathers in near-perfect condition.”

 

A New York state wildlife pathologist who examined ducks from Commonwealth expressed horror at the birds’ “greatly enlarged livers, the product of overfeeding by force (livers are easily torn by even minor trauma)” and at one duck’s “laceration of the liver with hemorrhage into the body cavity.” He went on to say, “This type of treatment and farming of waterfowl is outside the acceptable norms of agriculture and sane treatment of animals.” He later told PETA, “If this kind of thing [were] happening to dogs, it would be stopped immediately.”

 

A New York Times reporter who visited Sonoma Foie Gras in California found that young ducks had their beaks clipped and that birds “were so fat [that] they moved little and panted.” The reporter also noted that at the age of 12 to 15 weeks, birds were confined to dark sheds that had “standing water … deep enough to suggest a drainage problem.”15 Visit www.gourmetcruelty.com and www.stopforcefeeding.com to view video footage and learn more about this investigation.

Decades have passed but the cruelty continues. Please visit PETA.org to see the very latest investigation into Hudson Valley Foie Gras.

Domestic Ducks and Geese

Domestic ducks and geese usually enjoy being hand-fed by humans; however, according to one study, birds subjected to force-feeding “kept away from the person who would force-feed them … the birds were less well able to move and were usually panting but they still moved away.”16 Even ducks confined to cages “moved their heads away from the person who was about to force feed them.”17 Ducks also like to forage, swim, and raise their young, none of which can they do on foie gras farms.

Geese are social animals who establish hierarchies in their flocks and love to forage. They tend to be monogamous, and both parents care for their young. One breeder says that “geese tend to vary more from one individual to another in terms of personality traits than any other form of domestic poultry.”18 Because most birds raised for foie gras are kept in cages or in very small groups, their social or normal grooming activities are limited or impossible.

High in Fat, High in Cholesterol

Foie gras is unhealthy for humans. It derives 85 percent of its calories from fat: A 2-ounce serving contains 25 grams of fat and 85 milligrams of cholesterol.19

Foie Gras Bans

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that foie gras production violates the country’s cruelty-to-animals laws, and the practice is now banned in Israel. Germany and other European nations have prohibited the production of foie gras, and force-feeding birds is prohibited in the U.K. and in Switzerland, where foie gras packages are required to carry labels to inform consumers that the birds were force-fed. The European Union is working to phase out the force-feeding of birds entirely in its member countries by 2020. India has banned the import of foie gras.

Whole Foods Market does not allow the sale of foie gras in any of its stores in the U.S. and the U.K.

What You Can Do

Urge restaurants and stores that sell foie gras to stop doing so and to sell vegetarian pâté instead; vegetarian brands, such as Bonavita, are often sold alongside liver pâtés in grocery stores. Organize demonstrations at restaurants and stores that sell foie gras. Contact PETA for a foie gras action pack and for information on how you can support legislation to prohibit force-feeding.

High in Fat, High in Cholesterol

Foie gras is unhealthy for humans. It derives 85 percent of its calories from fat: A 2-ounce serving contains 25 grams of fat and 85 milligrams of cholesterol.19

Foie Gras Bans

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that foie gras production violates the country’s cruelty-to-animals laws, and the practice is now banned in Israel.  Germany and other European nations have prohibited the production of foie gras, and force-feeding birds is prohibited in the U.K. and in Switzerland, where foie gras packages are required to carry labels to inform consumers that the birds were force-fed.21,22 The European Union is working to phase out the force-feeding of birds entirely in its member countries by 2020. India has banned the import of foie gras.24

Whole Foods Market does not allow the sale of foie gras in any of its stores in the U.S. and the U.K.

What You Can Do

Urge restaurants and stores that sell foie gras to stop doing so and to sell vegetarian pâté instead; vegetarian brands, such as Bonavita, are often sold alongside liver pâtés in grocery stores. Organize demonstrations at restaurants and stores that sell foie gras. Contact PETA for a foie gras action pack and for information on how you can support legislation to prohibit force-feeding.

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