Would you step inside the life of a bird raised for foie gras for just one minute? PETA’s viral foie gras video has helped hundreds of thousands of people realize the extreme cruelty involved in the production of this deadly dish.
To produce foie gras (which literally means “fatty liver”), workers ram pipes down the throats of male ducks or geese two or three times a day and pump as much as 4 pounds of grain and fat into their stomachs, causing their livers to swell to up to 10 times their normal size. They feel extremely ill, and many have difficulty standing or even breathing because of their engorged livers. Additionally, the birds are kept in tiny cages or packed into sheds. They may tear out their own feathers or attack each other out of extreme stress. On some farms, a single worker may be expected to force-feed 500 birds three times each day. Because the workers rush, the animals are often treated roughly and end up with injuries.
“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE
— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind