Foie gras is no delicacy and the state of California knows that. It banned the sale of the product in the state and now a court of appeals has upheld a challenge to that ban.
Foie gras, French for “fatty liver,” is the food product that results from ducks and geese being force fed to increase the size of their livers to the point of exploding. Considered a delicacy by some, foie gras is manufactured in an inherently inhumane manner. Ducks and geese have their mouths forced open with a metal tube that is then shoved down their throats. Feed is forced into them numerous times a day through these tubes until their livers become engorged. Some birds die before they can be slaughtered at three months of age because they develop a condition known as hepatic lipidosis, or fatty liver disease.
Take Action: Thank the court for upholding California’s ban. Additionally, never order or serve foie gras. It is not a delicacy; it is the product of animal abuse.
The Honorable Alex Kozinski
c/o Office of the Circuit Executive
U.S. Courts for the Ninth Circuit
P.O. Box 193939
San Francisco, CA 94119-3939