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