Foie gras (French for “fatty liver”) is the product of extreme animal cruelty. Factory farms produce it by force feeding ducks so much that their livers become diseased and enlarged. This causes a tremendous amount of suffering and can make it difficult for the birds to walk and breathe normally.
Few people would want to eat any part of a diseased animal, but in the case of foie gras, consumers eat the diseased organ itself.
Foie gras producers shove pipes down ducks’ throats to force feed them far more than they would ever eat. The force feeding can cause bruises, lacerations, and sores. The duck’s livers may grow to ten times the normal size.
Some foie gras factory farms cram birds into small, filthy cages where they can’t turn around or spread their wings.
More than a dozen countries have prohibited foie gras production. Wolfgang Puck doesn’t use foie gras, and many restaurants have removed it from their menus.
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April 21, 2014
Rescued duck Featherbottom enchanted a reader during her visit to a Toronto animal sanctuary.
January 27, 2014
Absent intervention by the United States Supreme Court, California’s landmark ban on force feeding ducks to produce foie gras will stay in effect. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied another request by a handful of foie gras proponents to reconsider the law.
September 19, 2012
A federal court in Los Angeles denied a group of restaurants and foie gras producers’ motion to block enforcement of California’s ban on force feeding ducks to produce foie gras.
June 25, 2012
Organizaciones de protección animal están celebrando la aplicación de la tan esperada ley de California—aprobada hace más de siete años—que prohíbe la alimentación forzada de patos, así como la venta de foie gras producido a través de la alimentación forzada.
March 28, 2014
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected a lawsuit challenging new federal rules requiring meat producers to disclose the national origins of meat products.
March 24, 2014
Denny’s announced that it will require reports from its pork suppliers regarding their progress in producing pork without the use of gestation crates. gestation crates.
March 10, 2014
— In a move applauded by The HSUS, the Kentucky Livestock Care Standards Commission has issued rules that will prohibit the confinement of calves used for veal in crates so small, the animals are largely immobilized for their short lives.
March 6, 2014
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