PETITION TO BAN THE PRODUCTION OF FOIE GRAS IN THE UNITED STATES
Foie gras is one of the most violent animal products available. Ducks and geese are force-fed a fatty corn-based substance through a tube that is inserted into their throats in a process called gavage. Large amounts of fat are deposited into the duck’s liver, causing it to grow to up to ten times its normal size. This can leave the animals unable to walk, or even breath, before slaughter. The force-feeding is extremely painful and stressful for these sensitive animals and furthermore causes injuries and death from ruptured organs.
FOIE GRAS IS ALREADY BANNED IN SEVERAL COUNTRIES
Due to the animal cruelty involved, the State of California and several countries—including the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel (formerly the world’s fourth-largest foie gras producer), Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and Argentina—have either outright prohibited force-feeding for foie gras production and/or sale or have interpreted production as illegal under existing anti-cruelty laws. In the UK, where production is already illegal, the government is in the process of banning the import of foie gras as well.
Most recently, New York City overwhelmingly passed a bill to ban the sale of foie gras in 2019. Additionally, several restaurants and retailers—such as Costco, Safeway, Target, Giant Eagle, Whole Foods Market and Wolfgang Puck—refuse to sell foie gras due to animal cruelty concerns.
IT'S TIME TO END THIS CRUEL TREATMENT
The undersigned demand that the United States follow the lead of the many countries listed above and similarly ban the sale and production of foie gras in the USA. It’s time for this cruel delicacy to become a thing of the past. I stand with Animal Equality in calling for an immediate ban to this culinary atrocity.