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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


Feb 19, 2018 Maria Claudia Felipeli
Feb 19, 2018 Michael Haskell
Feb 18, 2018 Diane Norris
Feb 16, 2018 shirley Andersch
Feb 14, 2018 Martha Vest
Feb 13, 2018 Gina Lippa
Feb 13, 2018 julie matewicz
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2018 Keith Cliver A fucking barbaric practice. Period!
Feb 12, 2018 carla bond
Feb 12, 2018 Harolyn Giordano foie gras translated is fat liver=disgusting term for disgusting practice. Ban the import and sale of foie gras within the United States immediately-INHUMANE
Feb 10, 2018 Nalini Persad
Feb 10, 2018 Erik Karlström
Feb 10, 2018 Stacey Cannon
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2018 Judy johnston
Feb 3, 2018 Susan Walsh
Feb 2, 2018 Nathalie Cikin
Jan 30, 2018 Marilyn Conrad
Jan 30, 2018 June Macy
Jan 24, 2018 Ellen Van Bavel
Jan 20, 2018 LAURA TOUSSAINT
Jan 18, 2018 Jane Parker
Jan 17, 2018 Carla Marques
Jan 16, 2018 aya oda
Jan 15, 2018 KAREN BROWNING
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 Elaine Cheney
Jan 14, 2018 Donna Tanner
Jan 13, 2018 Sheri Nolen
Jan 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2018 Cathy Saunders
Jan 13, 2018 Nina Carey
Jan 13, 2018 Gerianne Hayden
Jan 11, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 11, 2018 Tanja Reitz
Jan 10, 2018 Marge Ferrance
Jan 10, 2018 Christiane Santos
Jan 10, 2018 Maria Bruno
Jan 9, 2018 Matt Haslehurst
Jan 9, 2018 Rose Modiano
Jan 9, 2018 Beth Hukill
Jan 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 8, 2018 Jennifer Conway
Jan 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 7, 2018 Jim Sheridan
Jan 6, 2018 Davina Lee
Jan 5, 2018 Martha Soto
Jan 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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