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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


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
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Dec 31, 2017 Jessie Bowen
Dec 31, 2017 Fernanda MAGRI
Dec 30, 2017 Angela Stier
Dec 30, 2017 Emma Spurgin Hussey
Dec 29, 2017 Judy Budge
Dec 29, 2017 doris gonen
Dec 28, 2017 julie wiebe
Dec 28, 2017 Caitlyn Bowers
Dec 28, 2017 Tamara Ali
Dec 28, 2017 DoSomethingGood4Once StopBeingAWaste
Dec 27, 2017 Mike Bogan
Dec 27, 2017 Linda Diers
Dec 26, 2017 Tina Heltzel
Dec 26, 2017 Martha Soto
Dec 25, 2017 Amy Mozzocchi
Dec 24, 2017 julie wiebe
Dec 24, 2017 bill wiebe
Dec 24, 2017 Sonia Vitale
Dec 24, 2017 LAMOTHE HERVE
Dec 23, 2017 Cara Blazucki
Dec 22, 2017 Dominique Giloteaux

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