Last week, animal welfare groups called on California legislators to reject an eleventh-hour attempt to gut an animal protection law passed in 2004. The law bans the cruel force-feeding of ducks and geese, as well as the sale of foie gras produced by force-feeding.
In order to produce foie gras, farm workers shove long pipes down the throats of ducks and geese multiple times each day to force-feed the animals unnaturally large quantities of corn and fat. The process causes the birds' livers to become diseased with hepatic lipidosis and swell up to 10 times their normal size. The birds are then slaughtered, and the diseased, engorged organ is sold as foie gras.
"Force-feeding animals to induce liver disease so people can consume a high-priced hors d’oeuvre is completely out of step with today’s growing commitment to animal welfare," said Suzanne McMillan, ASPCA Farm Animal Welfare Campaign Director. “We are glad California lawmakers stood their ground and kept the humane law in effect.”
For more information on the ASPCA’s efforts to help farmed animals, please visit our Farm Animal Cruelty section.