New York City is considering banning Foie Gras
We need your help to fight this ban.
Take a few moments to review the facts below - scientific data and research that support the point-of-view that a ban foie gras is problematic and flawed. If you are opposed to the proposed pan – we ask that you please voice your feedback.
Some Foie Gras Facts To Consider
Foie gras production is in the mainstream of animal agriculture. If one looks to scientific studies and not to extreme anti-meat activists for information, it is clear that claims of animal cruelty are simply not supported by the facts.
FACT #1: American foie gras is raised on small-scale farms using artisanal methods.
There are only three farms raising foie gras in the United States. Each uses the hand feeding method, where individual feeders establish relationships with the group of ducks they feed, and never cage the ducks.
Watch Anthony Bourdain's testimonial about a foie gras farm below:
FACT #2: Independent veterinarians & scientists conclude that hand-feeding ducks causes them no harm.
The most detailed scientific study of the effect of feeding on ducks on foie gras farms, published in 2004 in the World Poultry Science Journal, contradicts the claims of anti-meat activists. That study concluded that foie gras is a "nonpathological and non-harmful product." Further, the study found that biological indicators of stress were "hardly affected" by the feeding procedure.
Veterinarians commonly use a tube to feed sick ducks in the same manner as foie gras farmers do.
FACT #3: In nature, ducks fatten their livers for energy prior to migration, & the effect is reversible.
"Based on the extra physiological use of a natural fattening phenomenon, foie gras has been recognized as a non-pathological and non-harmful product. It has been shown that physiological indicators of stress, nociceptive signs and behavioral responses were hardly affected by the force-feeding procedure."
- Drs. Daniel Guémené and Gerard Guy, in "The Past, Present and Future of Force-Feeding and 'Foie Gras' Production"
FACT #4: Ducks have no gag reflex & their esophagi have a tough lining, so they can swallow fish & other prey without pain.
"The basic esophagus is a simple, narrow tube, which often widens into a sack-like crop, where food can be stored temporarily. The esophagus can stretch considerably to accommodate large prey, such as when an egret swallows a large fish whole." - The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior
"All birds have a remarkable ability to expand the mouth and stretch the esophagus to swallow large prey." - The National Audubon Society
Baby birds are fed by the beak of an adult bird jammed deeply into their esophagus, as in the video below:
FACT #5: The American Veterinary Medical Association has investigated foie gras production, and for three consecutive years refused to take a position against it.
"Because limited peer-reviewed, scientific information dealing with the animal welfare concerns associated with foie gras production is available, and because the observations and practical experience of House of Delegates members indicate a minimum of adverse effects on the birds involved, the HOD did not support the resolution opposing force feeding used to produce foie gras."
In this Village Voice article "Is foie gras torture? a reporter comes to her own conclusions after visiting a foie gras farm.