Right now, the USDA is allowing diseased bird organs to be sold for food, in violation of federal law. Because USDA won’t enforce the law, thousands of animals are suffering miserably, and the consumers of these diseased products are at a higher risk for a variety of ailments, including type II diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

That’s why today, along with pro bono attorneys from Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, the Animal Legal Defense FundCompassion Over Killing, the Animal Protection & Rescue League, and my organization — Farm Sanctuary — filed a lawsuit against the USDA for allowing adulterated poultry — foie gras — into the food supply, in violation of the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA).

Foie gras is the diseased liver of a duck or goose who has been force-fed (twice-per day, every day) for three weeks, causing the animal’s liver to become diseased and to enlarge to ten times its normal size. Production of the product is so horribly cruel that it’s been banned in a dozen states, and both production and sale will be illegal in California later this year.


“This is chronic animal abuse, would this type of feeding be allowed to happen on horses or cow’s…NO…because it is what it is ANIMAL TORTURE & ABUSE.  Anyone that eats foie gras should be bloody ashamed, I want to say so much more about this heinous assault on ducks, & the morons that eat it, but value my status on here, so will leave it at that!!”

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