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Foie Gras– Delicacy or Cruelty???

Updated on September 5, 2010


After reading this mail regarding Le Foi Grass , I asked to myself to what level a human being can stoop for his own comforts and pleasures.

Let me tell you who don’t know anything about Le Foi Grass that it is a french delicacy that is made from the liver of duck or goose. Most of you would be thinking what the big difference in that, it is just a food product…….. but how many of you know that it is made by forcefully feeding the ducks or goose more food than they would normally eat in order to make their liver FATTY.

You all will be shocked when you’ll come to know about the process of force feeding CRUELTY on poor birds………..
Foie gras “FATTY LIVER” is produced by forcing a long metal pipe down the throats of ducks/geese and force-feeding them massive amounts of grain, resulting in their livers swelling to up to 12 times their normal size. This process of force feeding continues for one week until their lever gets swollen up to 10-12 times their normal size. Many of the birds dies during the process because of trauma and suffocation.

This is how birds are forced to eat even if they do not want to eat...
This is how birds are forced to eat even if they do not want to eat...
Torture on birds
Torture on birds
Bird died in the process of gavage feeding
Bird died in the process of gavage feeding
Does not this pic tell the truth of human brutality on poor birds.
Does not this pic tell the truth of human brutality on poor birds.

As per  records the pre-slaughter mortality rate for foie gras production is up to 20 times the average rate on other duck factory farms.

More than 24 million ducks are killed each year for their flesh. Birds who are meant to swim, play, and forage are deprived of all these natural behaviors when they are crammed by the thousands into dark sheds with only wire, dirt, and feces to stand on. They have only a trickle of water for drinking, which means that the ducks can’t clean themselves, and disease and filth spread quickly.

I urge all people on this very forum to raise your voice to ban this kind of cruelty to animals who are also creation of the same god who has made us all.


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      6 years ago

      My partner and i utilized to acquire on top of lifestyle but of late I've truly established the weight.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      How horrible! I never heard of such a thing. We humans are so inhumane, aren't we??

      I never cared much for liver consumption of any kind. After reading this, I'm glad I don't eat any.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc.

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      7 years ago

      long time no see gary if your still knoking around i think this is there site

      and some info , they have a wealth of knowledge ,just say mart put you on

    • maheshpatwal profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from MUMBAI

      DF.... never thought we human-beings could be so inhuman that we could go to any extent in search of delicacies........ Thanks for your comments and voting up the thread.

    • DFiduccia profile image


      7 years ago from Las Vegas

      This is barbaric. I wonder how many people would continue to savor this dish, if they knew the truth before ordering the meal.

      Voted up—DF

    • maheshpatwal profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from MUMBAI

      yeah ads keep on changing thanks for bringing it to my notice......

    • EatLovePray profile image


      9 years ago from Canada

      Oh! I think everyone sees different ads. I can see ads of restaurants on your page...

    • maheshpatwal profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from MUMBAI

      yeah i know ELP even by seeing the pics we can feel the pains of these poor birds.. No ads are still appearing on this HUB which are promoting consumption of this delicacy.... have written to hubpages team. Hope they will come up with some solution to my problem.Thanks for your help.

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      9 years ago from Canada

      OMG! That is really awful! I hope PETA is aware of this brutality! Really...well done Mahesh. It was an eye-opening article. I see you've gotten rid of those ads that were promoting this :)

    • maheshpatwal profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from MUMBAI

      Yeah that's why i created this hub to aware more people about this brutality........ how do we feel when somebody tried the same deed on us???? No one would like it.right? Same way we human beings should also understand the feelings of poor birds.......

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for sounding the alarm--what people will do for food, even unnatural ways of obtaining them. Force-feeding sounds terribly cruel and we can all help by boycotting the practice.

    • maheshpatwal profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from MUMBAI

      Thank you very much jacob......... i just did what i feel right....... Hope slowly and gradually all of the mankind will recognize it and we'll raise their voice against this barbaric act........

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      Jacob Darkley 

      9 years ago from California, USA

      Thanks so much for writing this hub. Gavage (force-feeding) is intensely barbaric and will eventually be recognized for what it is... hopefully sooner than later.

    • maheshpatwal profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from MUMBAI

      In some part of the world people call it FOIE GRAS very expensive delicacy............ so sad but its true............

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      charanjeet kaur 

      10 years ago from Delhi

      I never knew about this dish, it is sad they would call it a delicacy. It is a disturbing image to watch the plight of ducks to be treated in this way.

    • maheshpatwal profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from MUMBAI

      I'm so glad that you posted your comments on my hub..... thanks......... thank you very much for spreading the awareness among all netizens about this cruelty.........

      Thanks again......

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      Steve Andrews 

      10 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I already knew about this barbaric cruelty but I thank you for this hub, which I am sharing at Facebook and on my Twitter sites.

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      ume blossom 

      10 years ago from Timisoara, Romania

      those photos do show cruelty, however not all foie gras is obtained like that. I recently watched a documentary on Discovery Travel and Living I think, where they showed much better conditions and ways to produce it. I myself never tried foie gras. So I don't know if it's a must.


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