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Fois Gras Users Defy Ban

Original post made by Lawrence Wallace on Jul 19, 2012

Two responses here... 1) Ducks and geese force fed to produce overly large livers ( for fois
gras ) do not suffer; they do not have a " gag reflex ", so they are incapable of suffering in
this feeding process.
2) If you really want to purchase fois gras and price is no object, look online; there must be
at least three dozen outlets for this delicacy, many of them in Europe. I recently bought a
two pound package from a distributor in France for about what it would cost in the US,
plus shipping and handling charges; it was shipped in a dry ice container overnight deliv-
ery via DHL... I had it the next day and it freezes nicely for quite a long time.

Comments

Posted by Quacker, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 3, 2012 at 10:37 pm

The above comment about the gag reflex may be true, but it is not relevant as to the pain the animals feel when being force fed. The pro bird-torturer marketing machine has pumped this red-herring out there and all the supporters are just copying it around as if it was the whole truth.

Rather than just reading marketing messages, why not read something that explains the whole problem and why the bans are actually happening:

"The problems of the force-feeding procedure are: (1) handling by humans which, in the commercial force-feeding situation, can cause aversion and discomfort for ducks and geese, (2) the potentially damaging and distressing effects of the tube which is inserted into the oesophagus, (3) the rapid intubation of a large volume of food. . . ducks at the end of the force-feeding period can have serious injuries to the oesophagus. . . It seems likely that birds have sufficient damage to oesophagus tissue, caused by the force-feeding process to have been painful to the birds.. . There is good evidence that liver structure and function that would be classified as normal is severely altered and compromised in force fed ducks and geese. . . because normal liver function is seriously impaired in birds with the hyperatrophied liver which occurs at the end of force-feeding the level of steatosis should be considered pathological. . . It is clear that steatosis and other effects of force-feeding are lethal when the procedures are continued."

Hope you learned something...