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November 30, 2015

Blumenau Becomes Brazil’s Third City to Ban Foie Gras Production

Humane Society International

  • Foie gras production is widely condemned due to its inherent cruelty. istockphoto

A previous version of this press release stated that Blumenau had banned the sale of foie gras. The policy only applies to the production of foie gras through forced feeding. The text below has been corrected accordingly.

Today, Blumenau became the third city in Brazil to ban the production of foie gras through force-feeding. Humane Society International, one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations, applauded the move and issued the following statement from its food policy manager in Brazil, Dr. Sandra Lopes. 

“Foie gras production usually involves forcing a metal tube down the throats of ducks and geese in order to feed them unnatural quantities of grain. We congratulate the mayor and chancellors of Blumenau for taking a stand against such cruelty, and we expect to work with more governments in Brazil to pass similar laws.”

Studies have shown that force feeding of birds for foie gras causes pain and injury to the animals. Walking and moving become increasingly uncomfortable and difficult as their livers enlarge, and force-feeding can also cause painful bruising, lacerations, sores or organ rupture. The birds can also suffer considerable fear and stress during repeated capture and handling. Some foie gras factory farms cram birds into small cages where they can’t turn around or spread their wings.

More than a dozen countries have prohibited foie gras production – including Germany, Israel and Poland. Earlier this year, the cities of Sao Paulo and Sorocaba also banned sale and production of foie gras.

Media contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras, 301-721-6440, rcontreras@humanesociety.org  

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