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BAn Foie Gras in the United States

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Diseased duck in a cage.

Cities and states across the U.S. should ban the sale of this entirely superfluous, luxury product within their borders.

Sarah Hanneken
Legal Advocacy Counsel

Foie gras is cruel to animals

Force-feeding ducks

One of the most controversial practices in the animal agriculture industry is force-feeding ducks and geese to produce foie gras, a luxury food product available at some upscale restaurants and markets.

Foie gras is French for “fatty liver,” and that’s precisely what it is: a fatty spread made from diseased livers.

Diseased livers

Workers at foie gras farms thrust a 10- to 12-inch metal tube down each bird’s throat to rapidly deliver vast amounts of concentrated grain, fat, and compressed air into the bird’s stomach.

This process is repeated up to three times a day until the bird’s liver becomes diseased—often growing up to 10 times its standard size.

Extreme animal suffering

Force-fed ducks and geese have a mortality rate of up to 20 times higher than non-force-fed birds.

Force-feeding birds seriously harm the animals, including damaging their esophagus, making it difficult for them to breathe or stand. They suffer liver hemorrhages and even cardiac or renal failure.

Dangerous to public health

Because of the conditions in factory farms, ducks and geese have weakened immune systems. They become especially susceptible to avian influenza (bird flu) infections, which can spread to humans.

In 2021 alone, France registered 475 avian influenza outbreaks at bird farms, most of which were foie gras farms.