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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


Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Joan Heezen
Nov 22, 2017 Susan Bradshaw
Nov 22, 2017 Siara Lara
Nov 21, 2017 SUSANA GIRAUDO
Nov 20, 2017 Penny Fleischman
Nov 19, 2017 Janina Brzezina
Nov 19, 2017 Marguerite Panzica
Nov 18, 2017 Faye Harbottle I first had foie gras in France and enjoyed it. Now I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole (either in France or here) since I know what happens to these birds...
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Emma Brooks
Nov 18, 2017 Valerie marks
Nov 18, 2017 Juliet Hogg
Nov 18, 2017 kelly boulter
Nov 17, 2017 Chris Macy
Nov 17, 2017 linda Evans
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmod
Nov 17, 2017 Anna Maria Sergi
Nov 17, 2017 Paul Maldonado
Nov 17, 2017 Martha Swartz
Nov 16, 2017 C. Scott
Nov 16, 2017 Stacy Anderson
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 16, 2017 Divya Priyanath
Nov 16, 2017 Deborah Hammond
Nov 16, 2017 Ashley Wong
Nov 16, 2017 Monica Lewandowski
Nov 16, 2017 P Garbett
Nov 16, 2017 Jackie Doying
Nov 16, 2017 Lesley Bolton
Nov 16, 2017 Lynne Berry
Nov 16, 2017 wesley burnett
Nov 16, 2017 Elaine Hall
Nov 16, 2017 Marlane Maddox STOP!
Nov 16, 2017 Memoree VanderHeyden
Nov 14, 2017 Patricia Eno
Nov 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) I'd like to force feed the perpetrators in the same manner and have them eliminated - see how much they like it!
Nov 14, 2017 Macy Botti
Nov 14, 2017 Donna Partin
Nov 14, 2017 J.D. Brown
Nov 14, 2017 Graham Gove
Nov 14, 2017 Kristy Preston
Nov 13, 2017 наталья чернева
Nov 11, 2017 Susan Manning This is an ancient and cruel practice and must be banned!
Nov 10, 2017 Roberta Allen
Nov 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 10, 2017 Hilary Sheils
Nov 10, 2017 Ruby Irvine

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