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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


May 26, 2018 Sugar Bouche
May 26, 2018 Annette Bartlett
May 25, 2018 alexandra bechter
May 25, 2018 Evelyn Cuevas
May 25, 2018 anna ryan So sad and for what, a quick palate pleasure? A minute satisfaction vs days of torture. I would like to cut out the livers of humans who consume foie gras. They are worthless people. No conscious. Not even human to me.
May 25, 2018 virginie van mons
May 25, 2018 Traci Farden
May 25, 2018 Sandi Bowen
May 25, 2018 Leigh Ashman
May 25, 2018 Andreja Stimac
May 25, 2018 Elena VanNatten
May 23, 2018 Roseann Maziarek
May 22, 2018 annah jetha
May 22, 2018 Maria Mason
May 22, 2018 Christine Scozzaro
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Lizette Fisher
May 20, 2018 sarah weisberg
May 20, 2018 alina stan
May 20, 2018 M T
May 20, 2018 Patricia Nielsen
May 20, 2018 M. Kox
May 20, 2018 Irene Yoshida
May 20, 2018 valerie bowie
May 20, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Sabrina Zilske
May 19, 2018 Melissa Callaghan
May 19, 2018 Axa Tolonen
May 19, 2018 Gerard Traub
May 19, 2018 Claudia Frosch
May 18, 2018 carine verfaillie
May 18, 2018 Linda Miller just awful. I hate even READING about this. This has to stop.
May 18, 2018 Mani S
May 18, 2018 Kathy Fuller
May 18, 2018 Jill Banta
May 18, 2018 Susan Diller
May 18, 2018 faye munro
May 18, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 18, 2018 Kelly Shanks
May 18, 2018 alan harper
May 18, 2018 Christy Starbuck
May 18, 2018 Mona Boggio
May 18, 2018 Lynn Walker
May 18, 2018 Tiffany Challis
May 18, 2018 Bradley Couchman
May 18, 2018 Frances Ostempowski
May 18, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 18, 2018 Linda Albright
May 17, 2018 Alison Winkler
May 17, 2018 Cristina Carvalho

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