Have You Been Misled About Foie Gras?Posted on July 25, 2011
Many people do not know that the "delicacy" of foie gras — the liver of fattened ducks or geese — is produced by force-feeding the birds large amounts of corn mash several times a day through a tube inserted down their throats. This force-feeding causes the birds to become grossly overweight and their livers to swell to up to ten times their normal size. Foie gras production can lead to disease and injury in ducks, such as liver disease, inflammation, pneumonia, infections, lameness, injury to the esophagus, and respiratory problems. Some ducks are made so ill by the force-feeding process that they are already near death at the time of slaughter.
Nevertheless, some producers claim that force-fed foie gras production is natural and comfortable for the ducks.
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