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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


Aug 14, 2018 Mathilde Witt Die geistige und moralische Qualität eines Volkes/Menschen zeigt sich daran, wie es mit Gottes Tieren umgeht 777
Aug 14, 2018 Jouko Maronen
Aug 14, 2018 marita hanse
Aug 13, 2018 Virgil Pauls
Aug 13, 2018 Marsha Tregloan
Aug 13, 2018 Gabriela Anaya No one should buy and eat foie gras
Aug 13, 2018 Debi Jackson
Aug 13, 2018 Lynne Burnell
Aug 13, 2018 JOANNA TWIGG
Aug 10, 2018 natasha damien
Aug 8, 2018 Michael Crowden
Aug 6, 2018 Carla Miranda
Aug 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 5, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 5, 2018 Rita Wolff
Aug 4, 2018 Rama Bharadwaj
Aug 4, 2018 Inge Ferdusch
Aug 4, 2018 Evgenia Bludenova
Aug 3, 2018 Anita Sutton
Aug 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2018 Xiomara Somarriba
Aug 3, 2018 maria lange
Aug 2, 2018 Isabel Figueiras
Aug 2, 2018 Rod Sutton
Aug 2, 2018 Margarida Valadao
Aug 2, 2018 Michele Lombardo
Aug 1, 2018 Allison Mason I am in shock and so sad to hear about this practice- please stop this violence!
Aug 1, 2018 Joann Costa
Aug 1, 2018 Janice Powers This is such a cruel practice and should be outlawed worldwide.
Aug 1, 2018 Patrizia Cordoni
Jul 31, 2018 Deborah Kerns How can anyone be so cruel?
Jul 31, 2018 Catherine King-Chuparkoff
Jul 31, 2018 Lucia Flakus
Jul 31, 2018 Yumi Takahashi
Jul 31, 2018 Charee Walter
Jul 30, 2018 Marc Ochs
Jul 30, 2018 Pam Freilich
Jul 28, 2018 Cherie Chantal
Jul 27, 2018 Stephanie Brake
Jul 25, 2018 Linda Scarborough STOP all killing and torture of animals.
Jul 25, 2018 Ronnie Visser
Jul 23, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
Jul 22, 2018 Mary Price
Jul 22, 2018 Lane Page
Jul 22, 2018 Karen Myers
Jul 22, 2018 Ani Tsultrim Wangmo
Jul 21, 2018 Alana Kaplan
Jul 21, 2018 Kirsten Deveraux
Jul 21, 2018 Kirsten Van Heurck
Jul 21, 2018 Sarah Von Beanz

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