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Sign this petition to tell the USDA and the FDA to ban the import and production of foie gras in the United States. Allowing animals to be force fed until they die is a cruel and torturous practice, and needs to stop now.

Foie gras production involves ducks or geese being intubated with unsanitary and uncomfortable machinery and force fed the equivalent of 30 boxes of mac and cheese to a 150 pound human [1] for 2 to 4 weeks. The sheer mass of the corn mush shoved down the birds throats can be enough to rupture the esophagus, cause internal bleeding, and kill the animal. Birds have even exploded from this practice.

According to veterinary pathologist Dr. Marianne Heimann, "the liver steatosis caused by 'gavage' is a pathological process that shows itself first by a fatty degeneration of the hepatic cells and then by necrosis. The fatty liver cannot be seen as normal. It is a categorical sign of a state of illness with clinical symptoms [2]."

Yet, foie gras production continues, the goal is a duck or goose with a liver at least 6 times average size, as indicated by an industry standard. Many more are engorged to 10 times [3] their average size.

The span of life for animals forced into foie gras production is short, just as they are filled with torture and abuse. The European Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare maintains that constant handling by humans, damaging and distressing effects oesophagal intubation, and injections of such large volumes of food at one time are each cruel and deadly procedures on their own [4].

But it takes all of that and more in foie gras production.

While the U.S. is a major producer of foie gras, it has faced many legal challenges within United States' courts [5]. The current cost of suffering is too great to wait for congressional inspiration. Sign the petition today and ban the import and production of foie gras throughout the United States.

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To the USDA and FDA,

Every day, countless ducks and geese are being forcefully fed more than their necks can even handle, some of them left with severe internal bleeding, others with esophagi ruptured, and left dead. The goal is to fatten the birds' livers up to 10 times their average size, ready for foie gras production.

The span of life for animals forced into foie gras production is short, and filled with torture. Constant handling by humans, damaging and distressing effects oesophagal intubation, and injections of such large volumes of food at one time are each cruel and deadly procedures on their own. But foie gras production involves all of that, and more.

With many other animals, such cruel and unusual treatment would be categorically outlawed, for the sake of health. What force feeding doesn't critically injure animals leaves their livers in a state of necrosis, an abnormal state of illness.

There is no reason this practice should be allowed continue in the United States, and to allow it to do so is subsidizing torture worse than any other species of livestock ever faces.

I demand you ban the import and sale of foie gras within the United States immediately.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jun 18, 2018 Michelle Dingman
Jun 18, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 18, 2018 Viviennr K
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 17, 2018 Robert Krone
Jun 17, 2018 Jennifer Evans
Jun 17, 2018 Jessica Barbieri
Jun 13, 2018 Anna Weinbrenner
Jun 13, 2018 Anna Ott
Jun 12, 2018 Angie Hyde
Jun 10, 2018 JULIE ROBERTS
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Thompson One of the most disgusting and cruel practices. How archaic.
Jun 8, 2018 Elisenda Ponsa
Jun 7, 2018 Barbara Beatty
Jun 7, 2018 Sharon Fulks
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 7, 2018 Linda Millar
Jun 7, 2018 Dr.Mary Sabal, DC,RN
Jun 7, 2018 Terri Hughes
Jun 7, 2018 Maryanna Moskal
Jun 4, 2018 Maria Angeles Leorza Arechavaleta
Jun 2, 2018 Carol Painter
Jun 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 31, 2018 Pauline Desilets
May 30, 2018 (Name not displayed) Barbaric process that should be outlawed in this day and age.
May 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 29, 2018 Lorraine Glenn
May 29, 2018 BOUR Claire
May 29, 2018 Clément Bour
May 29, 2018 Janice Federico
May 29, 2018 Kristy Lacy
May 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2018 Hagen Simon
May 28, 2018 Roel Miranda
May 28, 2018 Ansena Drinkwater
May 28, 2018 Debbie LOPEZ
May 28, 2018 Maria Manzo I feed 64 wild ducks ........i cant imagine someone eats anything related to an animal that eats where poops💩
May 28, 2018 Sheila Covaci
May 28, 2018 Stephanie Passmore
May 28, 2018 Daniela Baer
May 27, 2018 Camille Barron
May 27, 2018 Sossity Nico Horrific animal cruelty
May 27, 2018 Julia Moore
May 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2018 Nella Taylor This is despicable and should NEVER be allowed!
May 27, 2018 Kathy Monaco
May 27, 2018 Melinda Matheus
May 27, 2018 Michelle Stewart
May 27, 2018 Lesa Jacobsen We don't have enough to eat in this country that animals have to be force fed to feed us to their ultimate deaths??? Absolute garbage. The import and consumption should be a criminal offense. There is no excuse for this. None. It is wrong. Wrong is wrong.

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