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Petition to Ban the Sale of Foie Gras in the UK

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In the UK, it's still legal to import and sell foie gras,
which is a product of forcible feeding of geese and ducks.

Let's put an end to this brutal practice together!

Did you know...

It's still legal to import Foie-gras into Britain?

The forced feeding of geese is a ruthless and unjustifiable practice, which doesn't have a place in modern day UK.


Producing foie gras requires that geese and ducks are force-fed three times a day with unhealthy amounts of food. This is done with hosepipe, thrusted to their stomachs through their beak and esophagus. The flow of food is so rapid and the amounts so large that the stomachs of some birds break apart.

Fatty liver

Birds have the ability to gain some weight, particularly in their liver, to survive the migration period. However, the production of foie gras exploits this natural ability by forcing their livers to grow tenfold the normal size. The liver becomes so heavy that the birds cannot breathe and walk normally, as the enlarged liver and stomach press on lungs and other organs.

Premature death

Domesticated geese can live up to 20 years, but the ones used for foie gras are killed just three to four months after birth. During their last month, they experience extreme suffering caused by force-feeding. Many birds can't even stay alive until slaughter: every day workers carry out the bodies of those who didn't make it. When it comes to ducks, most of them are killed instantly after birth, since their livers are not heavy enough to make it profitable to grow them.

Terrible conditions

On farms, geese and ducks spend all their lives without sunlight, fresh air or water to swim in. Outdated equipment is a frequent cause of death: birds often cling on wires that stick out of their cages and die from these wounds. Living in constant darkness and in close proximity to other birds causes some of them to become agressive towards each other. Some birds become passive and just wait for their death motionless.

Needless suffering, all for luxury

Foie gras is not a necessary product. Rather, it represents redundant wealth, irresponsibility and complete ignorance of the realities of the production. Foie gras doesn't just kill animals, it tortures them to death. This practice has no place in Britain.

The production of foie gras is a torture of animals and a ruthless practice that has no justification.

We can stop this brutality together!

Sign our petition to the government and let them know you don't want this product imported to the UK.

To Secretary of State Michael Gove and the UK Government

Foie gras is made from the diseased livers of ducks or geese who have been repeatedly force-fed. Force-feeding is a cruel practice that causes the birds such extreme suffering that producing foie gras has been banned in the UK. Nevertheless the sale and importation of foie gras is still legal, with shops including Harrods and Fortnum & Mason profiting from this cruelty.

The UK’s exit from the EU gives us an opportunity to reconsider trade regulations and ban the importation of foie gras. Considering the inhumane way this product is made, foie gras does not have a place in modern UK. We must finish what we started when we made foie gras production illegal almost 20 years ago.

I urge the Secretary of State Michael Gove, Minister George Eustice and the UK Government to draft legislation banning the importation and sale of foie gras, to be introduced to the Parliament as soon as possible and put into effect the day we exit the EU.

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