Foie Gras: Animal Cruelty and Consumer Threat (2012 version)

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“Would this be allowed if it were any other animal??  Birds feel pain too, force feeding them which deliberately causes them to succumb to a variety of illness’s is blatant animal abuse in my eyes. Why is this still allowed to happen, humans kill enough animals…this is a delicacy…not part of our staple diet..therefore not needed!” 


Published on 9 May 2012 by 

More at — The Animal Legal Defense Fund and several others filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for violating the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) by allowing adulterated poultry—in the form of foie gras—to be sold to consumers. Under PPIA, the USDA is responsible for condemning all poultry products that come from diseased birds. Foie gras consists of the pathologically diseased livers of ducks who are force-fed massive amounts of grain, inducing the disease of hepatic lipidosis, which causes their livers to swell to ten times their normal size.

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Animal Groups Sue USDA for Ignoring Poultry Products Inspection Act

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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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