In a win for animal advocates across the country, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear a case challenging the ban on the sale and production of foie gras in California. This means that after years of court challenges, the ban that passed in 2004 and took effect in 2012 is here to stay.
This is wonderful news for geese and ducks who are mercilessly tormented for this cruel product. Foie gras is produced by the abhorrent practice of force-feeding birds. Workers shove a metal pipe down their throats and force them to ingest more food than they would naturally eat. The animals endure this suffering two or three times a day. The birds’ livers become diseased, swelling up to 10 times their normal size, resulting in terrible emotional and physical trauma for these animals. “Foie gras” is French for “fatty liver.”
Most animals abused for foie gras have difficulty breathing. Many suffer ruptured organs and die. The birds are typically kept in small, filthy cages for most of their lives, unable to walk or spread their wings. They become so distressed that they sometimes tear out their own feathers or cannibalize one another.
A 2013 Mercy For Animals undercover investigation at the largest U.S. foie gras producer exposed workers violently grabbing ducks by their wings or necks, ramming a metal pipe down their throats, and pumping enormous amounts of food into their stomachs.
California officially joins more than a dozen countries that have banned this cruel product, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Israel.
In 2018, Brussels banned foie gras production, and a New York state senator introduced a bill to prohibit force-feeding birds. What’s more, Postmates announced that it would no longer deliver foie gras.
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