#17 Foie Gras
Seventeen – Ban the production, import and sale of foie gras
Foie gras is produced by workers shoving long metal tubes down duck and geese’s throats several times a day to pump large quantities of grain into their stomachs. This force-feeding causes their livers to swell to up to 10 times their normal sizes. The animals are kept in cramped, inhumane conditions before being slaughtered. The fatty, diseased organs are sold as foie gras. Brussels’ Minister for Animal Welfare described foie gras production as “truly a kind of torture imposed on ducks.” Foie gras production has been banned in the United Kingdom, Australia, Argentina and more than a dozen other European countries, but is still legal in Bulgaria, France, Hungary and Spain. It has been banned in Brussels, but is not yet prohibited throughout Belgium. Several American states have acted to ban the sale of production of foie gras, but some of those initiatives have been appealed or overturned. India banned the import of foie gras in 2014.