Ellen DeGeneres Tells Jerry Seinfeld Foie Gras Is “Cruelest Thing Ever - Mercy For Animals

Ellen DeGeneres Tells Jerry Seinfeld Foie Gras Is “Cruelest Thing Ever

In a new episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, guest star and longtime vegan advocate Ellen DeGeneres informs the comedian that the treatment of birds in the foie gras industry is cruel.

In the episode, Seinfeld compares Netflix’s practice of automatically starting the next episode of a series to “feeding a goose pâté, referring to the force-feeding of ducks and geese at foie gras farms. In response to Seinfeld’s analogy, DeGeneres says, “It’s a horrible thing to think about. She adds, “It’s the cruelest thing ever.

And she’s right; foie gras is one of the cruelest things ever. Ducks have pipes shoved down their throats to force the birds to ingest far more food than they would naturally eat. In fact, “foie gras is French for “fatty liver. The animals generally undergo this abuse two or three times a day.


The ducks’ livers become diseased, swelling up to 10 times their normal size, resulting in terrible emotional and physical suffering for these animals.

Most of these ducks have difficulty walking and breathing normally. 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 they sometimes tear out their own feathers or cannibalize one another.

A 2013 Mercy For Animals undercover investigation at the country’s largest foie gras producer shows 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.

See for yourself.


In the video, a worker tells our undercover investigator that force-feeding is so traumatic many birds die from it. The practice is so cruel it has been banned in California and more than a dozen countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Israel. Last year, Brussels banned foie gras production and a New York state senator introduced a bill to prohibit force-feeding birds. What’s more, Postmates announced earlier this year it would no longer deliver foie gras.

Violently force-feeding birds to induce a diseased state is egregiously cruel and has no place in a civilized society.

The best way to protect all farmed animals from unspeakable cruelty and a lifetime of suffering is to leave them off your plate. Click here to learn more.