I received these pics in an e-mail today. I know they are not pleasant to look at but I could never forgive myself if I did not share this information to those who are still unaware of the truth behind the foie gras industry.
"Foie gras," literally fatty liver,a disease marketed as a delicacy.
A foie gras duck (or goose) is bred specially, and, beginning when the bird is 8 to 12 weeks old, it is force-fed several pounds of cornmeal two or three times per day through a long metal tube inserted in its throat
Ducks and geese suffer tremendously during and after the force-feeding process. Within just two weeks, their livers have become diseased and have swollen up to ten times their normal size—a condition known as hepatic lipidosis. The birds can scarcely stand, walk, or even breathe, panting and struggling to stand, using their wings to push themselves forward when their crippled legs can no longer support them.
A force-fed goose chokes on its own vomit and dies
Surviving ones suffer from anal hemmorrhaging.
The liver of a foie gras duck (left) that is 10 times its normal size
Prized delicacy or epitome of animal cruelty?