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Foie Gras

Every year millions of ducks and geese are killed for foie gras. This barbaric industry is only kept alive because of the people who still buy into this cruelty. If you knew what happened to these poor animals, would you make a difference?

The cruelty of
Foie Gras

Foie gras is made from the forcibly enlarged livers of ducks and geese. Only males are used for foie gras, because they produce larger livers. Females are killed upon hatching, by being either drowned, beaten or crushed to death.

beautiful-duck

A long metal pipe is rammed down the throats of these ducks and geese, 2 – 3 times a day, force-feeding them a total of 7lbs of grain. This soon results in their livers swelling to up to 10 times their normal size – causing a serious disease called hepatic lipidosis. The metal pipe sometimes ruptures the oesophagus, causing many birds to die, choking on the blood that then fills their lungs.

The amount of feed pumped down their throats causes enormous internal pressure, causing some birds to literally burst. Others become so weak that they are unable to move or die a slow, painful  death by suffocating on the inhalation of regurgitated feed. In fact, because of the massive toll taken on the birds during the force-feeding process, the average pre-slaughter mortality rate is up to twenty times higher than on other poultry factory farms.

Say ‘NO’ to TORTURE!
Say ‘NO’ to MURDER!
Say ‘NO’ to FOIE GRAS!

In addition to enduring force-feeding, the ducks and geese also suffer the same neglectful and abusive treatment of other factory-farmed animals such as overcrowding and mutilations (their beaks are cut off). They are kept in either group or individual cages, made solely from wire or plastic-mesh. Unable to feel the sun on their backs or ground beneath their feet, their cages are so small that they cannot fully stand or stretch their wings. To make matters worse, they are housed without access to swimming water even though ducks need to be able to immerse themselves in water to remain healthy.

cruelity to ducks from foie gras production

Access to water on these farms is so limited that they cannot clean their nostrils and eyes, which can lead to blindness. They have no chance to carry out any of their natural instincts, which include interacting in social groups, keeping themselves clean, nurturing their young, and exploring their surroundings.

After living an unbelievably horrific and painful life, they then have to go through a violent death by having their throats slit whilst hung upside-down. There is no excuse for this barbaric industry to be in existence. Any restaurant or person who chooses to buy foie gras is committing animal abuse.

The Foie Gras
Irish market

With special thanks to our members, who suggested that we start this campaign, and for providing the list of restaurants (below). Be sure to boycott these restaurants, and please let us know if you are aware of any others that are serving Foie Gras.

We have sent information packs to various suppliers, as well as a letter asking them to stop serving Foie Gras, to all of the restaurants listed here:

Unfortunately, most of them have either not gotten back to us (though we’re still hoping that a few of them will contact us soon!), or have decided to keep serving it – which means they are now subject to protest!

Here is a list of restaurants that have now stopped serving foie gras, as a result of our campaigns:

So, what are we doing about it?

Protests

Over the years we have protested dozens of restaurants serving foie gras - and had huge success in getting them to eliminate it from their menus. If you find any restaurant serving foie gras, please let us know so we can get in touch with them immediately.

Awarness

Seen as a "luxury" item, foie gras isn't that widespread in Ireland, and therefore some people are unaware of what it is. If you see it for sale anywhere, please make a complaint - the more objections businesses get, the less inclined they are to sell it!

Lobbying

Foie gras is illegal to produce in Ireland, on grounds of animal cruelty, so why do we import it? It's time to campaign for an import ban - please lobby your local TD!

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CONTACT

  • +353 (0) 86 8729 444
  • info@naracampaigns.org
  • PO Box 11019
  • Dublin 2, Ireland.

Please feel free to contact us if you want to ask us any questions, report something or get involved.

CONTACT

  • +353 (0) 86 8729 444
  • info@naracampaigns.org
  • PO Box 11019
  • Dublin 2, Ireland.

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