To produce foie gras in the USA, every year hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese are subjected to forced feeding so that their livers will grow up to ten times their normal size.
This is the liver of a healthy duck, compared to that of a duck subjected to forced feeding to produce foie gras. The diseased liver weighs over 1 pound — 9 times more than the healthy one.
Ducks and geese on foie gras farms live in individual or group cages, and are fed by a 12-inch metal tube. For two weeks, the dose is increased until reaching 4 pounds of corn paste a day; the equivalent of 26 pounds of food for one person.
Their livers grow so fast trying to process such an amount of fat that it puts tremendous pressure on their heart and lungs, making it difficult for them to breathe. Some birds will die from this stress before they reach slaughter.
Ducks and geese are taken from their cages and shackled by their feet. While upside down, their heads enter a stunning bath of electrically charged water before workers will sever their neck arteries by inserting blades into their throats.
Foie Gras has already been banned in more than 18 countries and several cities. New York City recently passed legislation banning the sale of foie gras by 2022 and California has also banned its in-state sale and production. It’s time for the rest of the USA to follow suit.