Last call to become a hero for animals. Don't miss your chance. Learn more!
Get the latest news and updates from Animal Equality

Campaign launched to ban foie gras sales in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Advocates in Ann Arbor, Michigan, are calling on their city council to ban foie gras sales, citing investigative footage of force-feeding cruelty.
April 11, 2024 Updated: April 23, 2024
Duck in cage Duck in cage

Today marks the launch of Animal Equality’s campaign against foie gras sales in the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Foie gras, a French “luxury” dish, is produced by force-feeding ducks and geese until their livers swell up to ten times their normal size. These swollen, diseased livers are ground into a pâté and served at upscale restaurants from Paris to Michigan. 

Worker holding diseased liver

With the launch of this new campaign, advocates are urging Ann Arbor’s city council to enact an ordinance banning foie gras sales. This campaign is led by Animal Equality’s Legal Advocacy Counsel–Maggie Marshall–a Southeast Michigan resident. 

Duck in cage
Image representative of a foie gras farm

Home of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor has long been at the forefront of animal protection legislation. In 2021, Ann Arbor banned the sale of fur within city limits. In 2023, the city banned pet stores from selling dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, certain birds, and large reptiles. Now, Ann Arbor residents are asking the city to take a firm stance against businesses profiting from cruelty. 

Extreme cruelty uncovered on foie gras farms

Over the years, Animal Equality has released investigative footage from the global foie gras industry, exposing extreme cruelty and eliciting controversy. 

In the foie gras industry, ducks and geese are trapped in cages so small that they are unable to flap their wings. Diseases and injuries are rampant, with investigators photographing animals lying dead in their cages or on concrete floors. 

During foie gras production, workers restrain animals and insert long, metal pipes into their esophagi. Then, they deliver excessive amounts of high-calorie food directly into animals’ bodies. 

Footage from the industry has revealed animals with broken beaks and bloodied bodies, many panting from fear and covered in vomit. They’ve even witnessed animals backing into the corners of their cages as workers approach them, desperately looking for an escape. 

Duck with broken beak
Image representative of a foie gras farm

The force-feeding process is repeated several times per day for several weeks, until their livers reach the desired size. In their final moments, animals are forced to watch as their companions are slaughtered in front of them. 

End the era of force-feeding

Ann Arbor residents are eligible to sign Animal Equality’s petition asking the city council to ban foie gras sales. Meanwhile, advocates residing in Southeast Michigan are invited to become volunteers as Animal Equality prepares for its in-person demonstrations.

Those living outside Southeast Michigan can also join the action. Simply sign Animal Equality’s petition to ban foie gras sales nationwide or become an online volunteer

Sign our petition calling for a ban on the sale and production of foie gras in the United States.

Stand against suffering for all kinds

While ducks and geese suffer immensely in the foie gras industry, pigs, cows, chickens, lambs, and other animals suffer similar fates. Animal Equality’s investigations have uncovered cruelty in all corners of the factory farming industry, exposing corporations that use animals to produce meat, dairy, and eggs. 

You can take a stand against all forms of animal cruelty by replacing animal products with compassionate, sustainable, and wholesome proteins. Sign up for the Love Veg newsletter to receive your copy of our plant-based cookbook today. 

Duck in a foie gras farm


Even before hatching from their eggs, ducklings communicate with their close‑knit families.

Protect these families by eating plant‑based and ditching animal products.

Latest News
May 17, 2024

The UK Parliament has finally approved a ban on live animal transport, bringing five decades of advocacy to a close.
May 17, 2024

A new report by Animal Equality highlights thirteen restaurant chains that are failing to protect mother pigs in their supply chains. Is your favorite chain on the list?
May 15, 2024

When advocates joined Denny’s executives at a golf tournament in Texas, here’s how corporate leadership responded…