Wading birds such as ducks and geese are routinely subjected to forced feeding in order to obtain a diseased fatty liver. In this process a metal funnel filled with corn is regularly and painfully forced down the throat of the farmed birds. It is otherwise known as the ‘gavage process.’ As a result, the size of the liver of these animals rapidly increases - reaching up to ten times the standard size, and acquiring a yellow-colored, rounded and pasty consistency. "The pictures speak for themselves and show once again the inherent suffering in this industry. It is no coincidence that the production of foie gras is already banned in many countries. Force-feeding is a cruel practice. We will continue to work tirelessly to ban it’s production and encourage citizens to boycott these products.” said Laura Gough, spokesperson for Animal Equality. Dr. D. J. Alexander, member of the European Scientific Committee of Animal Health and Animal Welfare, declared 'The only acceptable recommendation that the Committee can do is to put an end to the force-feeding of ducks and geese. And the best way to achieve this is by prohibiting the production, importation, distribution and sale of foie gras.'

Although French foie gras is not currently imported in to the U.S. due to a USDA restriction, the Interprofessional Committee of Foie Gras Producers is seeking to have two of their slaughterhouses approved by the USDA. This would allow foie gras, that comes from farms like the one of this investigation, to be sold in the U.S. (2) In California, a law enacted in 2004 that went into effect on July 1, 2012 prohibited the force feeding birds for the purpose of enlarging their liver beyond normal size as well as the sale of products that are a result of this process. On January 7, 2015, U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson outlawed the portion of California's law banning the sale of foie gras within the state. Countries like Argentina, Austria, Denmark, Czech Republic, Finland, Israel, Turkey, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have already banned the production of foie gras. Animal Equality has carried seven investigations into the foie gras industry. In 2014 the Indian government banned the importation of foie gras in response to a formal petition by Animal Equality. India became the first country in the world to ban the importation of this product. (3) Animal Equality is an international animal protection organization present in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Venezuela and India. With more than two million supporters worldwide Animal Equality is dedicated to preventing the death and suffering of animals.


1. Rougie US website. http://www.rougie.us/distribution.html

2. Le foie gras français rêve de nouveau de «l'eldorado» américain. La Presse. http://www.lapresse.ca/vivre/gourmand/cuisine/201403/28/01-4752249-le-fo...

3. Notification No 87 (RE–2013)/2009-2014. Department of Commerce. Ministry of Commerce & Industry. Government of India. http://dgft.gov.in/exim/2000/NOT/NOT13/not8713.htm