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.
News & Events
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.
May 2, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States applauds Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez for making it clear that California’s Legislature will not repeal or weaken the state’s ban on the sale of foie gras if it is produced by force feeding of the animals.
May 1, 2012
Animal protection organizations are calling on California legislators to reject an eleventh hour attempt to gut an animal protection law passed in 2004 banning the force-feeding of ducks and geese as well as the sale of foie gras which is set to take effect this July.
November 22, 2013
Get a snapshot of The HSUS's advancements for farm animals over the last decade.
July 25, 2013
Thanks to evidence provided by The Humane Society of the United States, Jarrod Barney Juarez was convicted of one count of animal cruelty following a trial this week for abusing a piglet at a factory farm that was, at the time of the investigation, supplying pigs to Tyson Foods.
July 2, 2013
Quiznos Bolsters Animal Welfare Program by Eliminating Controversial Pig Cages from Pork Supply Chain
Quiznos, the pioneer of the toasted sandwich, announced it will work closely with its suppliers to eliminate controversial pig “gestation crates” from its supply chain between 2017 and 2022.
June 1, 2013
Canadian pigs would no longer be confined perpetually in gestation crates during pregnancy under a proposal released for public comment by Canada’s National Farm Animal Care Council. The plan earned applause from The Humane Society of the United States.