In 2013, a PETA investigator visited Palmex, Inc. ("Palmex"),
a foie gras factory farm outside Montréal.
PETA's investigation found that Palmex condemns gentle ducks
to spend the last few weeks before they are slaughtered inside barren metal cages that are not much bigger
than their own bodies. The ducks cannot spread a single wing or take even
two steps in any direction. They are denied access to water to bathe and swim
in. They are not allowed to live like ducks.
Palmex supplies diseased, bloated duck livers to Hot's
Kitchen ("Hot's"), a little-known Hermosa Beach, California,
restaurant that sells foie gras despite
California's ban on selling the vile product. In November 2012, PETA filed a lawsuit against the restaurant's owner.
Palmex is also part of Rougié, the self-proclaimed "world's #1 producer of foie gras."
After reviewing PETA's footage, Dr. Anthony Pilny, an avian
veterinarian, concluded, "Ducks need to be able to move, walk, stretch, preen, bathe … and
exercise. This housing denies and frustrates the ducks' basic, biological
needs, and it is cruel and inhumane. These animals feel pain, grief, and loss.
It is unjust to treat them in this way …. "
avian welfare expert Dr. Ian Duncan notes that ducks are "inquisitive, social animals, and, in the
wild … spend much of their time exploring their environment … these birds are
also strongly motivated to perform water-related activities, such as bathing
and swimming." Dr. Duncan concludes that "individual
cages … prevent the birds from carrying out natural behavior that is essential
for their physical and psychological health."
PETA's investigator also documented that some ducks' bills
become cracked and bloody. As Dr.
Pilny notes, "any
open wound on a duck that bleeds is painful" and "causes suffering."
Of course, the foie gras industry's standard, cruel force-feeding of ducks (and geese) is just as despicable as is Palmex's grim
caging of ducks at the end of their miserable lives.
Pipes are shoved
down the birds' throats, and up to 4 pounds of grain and fat are pumped
into their stomachs two or three times a day. The birds' livers become diseased and swell to up
to 10 times their normal size. Some ducks' organs
Ducks can choke to death after workers ram the metal tubes down their throats.
A PETA investigation of another foie gras producer revealed that a duck's maggot-filled neck wound was so severe
that water spilled out of it when he tried to drink.
Foie gras production is so cruel that at least 15 countries have banned it,
including Australia, Germany, Israel, and the U.K. It has been denounced by
many grocers, including Giant Eagle, Harris Teeter, Target, and Whole
But Hot's and various stores continue to sell birds' fatty,
diseased livers. We need your help now
to end this cruelty.
Please take a moment to request that
the businesses selling Rougié foie gras—supplied by Palmex and others—do the
right thing and ditch this disgusting, vile product.