Foie gras—translated from the French as “fatty liver”— is a product of animal cruelty. Though popular on the menus of gourmet restaurants, there is nothing appetizing about the way it is produced.
In foie gras production, ducks and geese are force-fed unnaturally large quantities of food. Typically, a metal pipe is forced down the birds’ throats and into their stomachs, several times a day. The forced overfeeding causes their livers to become diseased and enlarged up to 10 times their normal size. In addition to making it difficult for the birds to move comfortably, or even walk; force-feeding can also cause painful bruising, lacerations, sores, or organ rupture. Foie gras, a so-called delicacy, is the result.
More than a dozen countries have prohibited foie gras production. Join us in campaigning for more to follow suit.
October 9, 2012
Humane Society International, along with animal protection groups in the United Kingdom and China, and global film star Sir Roger Moore, have succeeded in stopping the construction of a massive foie gras production facility in China’s Jiangxi Province. The project was to be financed by UK- registered company Creek Projects Investments Ltd. China’s Central People’s Broadcasting Station, quoting a local government official, confirmed an end to the planned facility.
May 10, 2012
Sir Roger Moore has given his backing to calls by Humane Society International/UK and Compassion in World Farming for British firm Creek Projects Investments PLC to withdraw its plans to fund a massive foie gras factory farm in China.
May 9, 2012
A UK company announced suspension of its plans to fund a massive foie gras factory farm in China pending a review after HSI/UK, Compassion In World Farming and Four Paws International raised animal welfare concerns.
April 11, 2012
A British company has been exposed by animal protection groups Humane Society International/UK and Compassion in World Farming for funding the development of a massive foie gras factory farm, despite the cruel farming practice being banned in the UK.