Banning the Sale of Foie Gras (Portland, OR)

Proposed ordinance would ban the sale of foie gras

Would prohibit the sale or provision of certain products made by force-feeding ducks and geese.


February 3, 2022

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Foie gras is a cruelly made product — considered by some to be a delicacy — which is produced through force-feeding young ducks and geese until their livers become diseased, swelling to as much as eight times their natural size.

Ducks and geese raised for foie gras endure painful force-feedings several times a day, in which a thick pipe is inserted down their throats. These birds frequently develop punctures in their beaks and throats and can become too heavy for their legs to hold them.

Portland: Take action to ban foie gras!

Urge City Commissioners to ban the sale of this cruel product.


The Animal Legal Defense Fund is part of a coalition of organizations working to pass a foie gras sales ban ordinance in Portland. If it passes, Portland will join New York City and California — as well as more than a dozen countries and numerous national businesses, such as Whole Foods Market and Target — in banning the sale of this cruel product.

Learn more about the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s work combating foie gras cruelty.

For more information about Oregon’s anti-cruelty laws and additional opportunities to take action for animals in the state, visit

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