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Ban Force-Feeding

SIGN OUR PETITION, CALLING FOR A UK BAN ON THE IMPORTATION OF FOIE GRAS MADE BY FORCE-FEEDING

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Ghastly ‘gavage’

Foie gras produced by force-feeding is immensely cruel and controversial. Production of this so-called ‘delicacy’ causes unimaginable suffering to millions of birds each year.

Animal Equality’s investigations show the horrific practices involved in ‘gavage’ - the force-feeding process where sensitive ducks and geese are brutally fattened up using a feeding tube that is forced down their throats.

These animals endure severe physical and psychological pain throughout their short lives.

The ruthless force-feeding process causes the birds’ livers to swell to ten times their natural size. The animal’s diseased liver is then sold and marketed as foie gras.

Forbid foie gras imports

Force-feeding animals is illegal in the UK - based on welfare grounds - yet imports of this abhorrent ‘speciality’ product are not. A YouGov poll found that 79% of British respondents are in support of a ban and 150,000 Brits have supported our campaign calling for an end to foie gras imports.

It is currently enshrined in law that: ‘Animals shall be fed a wholesome diet which is appropriate to their age and species and which is fed to them in sufficient quantity to maintain them in good health, to satisfy their nutritional needs and to promote a positive state of well-being.’

And that: ‘No animals shall be provided with food or liquid in a manner, nor shall such food or liquid contain any substance, which may cause them unnecessary suffering or injury.’

We claim to be a nation of animal lovers, so why are we allowing such an abhorrent product to appear in our shops?

Animal Equality’s team and supporters are calling on George Eustice and Lord Goldsmith to ban the UK’s importation of foie gras produced by force-feeding, of the meat of force-fed animals, and the sale of such products in the UK.

There is no time to waste. The Government must hear our plea, formally agree to a ban, draft clear legislation now and enact this ban as soon as possible. The Government’s indecision on this issue must end.

We call on the opposition parties to express their support too.

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