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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Foie Gras (a.k.a "fatty liver")

Human are cruel...

This is not the first time I heard about the name of this dish, but this is the first time I know what it means. From the picture, the dish looks cute, nicely presented and appetizing. I never bothered to find out and would never have guessed the 'behind the scenes' of this 'Foie gras', 'a popular and well-known delicacy in French cuisine' (as Wikipedia put it) if Anastasia did not forward me the distressful email this morning.

Foie gras, considered by some to be a delicacy, is produced by forcing a long metal pipe down the throats of ducks and geese and force-feeding them massive amounts of grain, resulting in their livers swelling to up to 10 times their normal size.

Two to three times a day, a worker grabs each bird, shoves a long, thick metal tube all the way down his throat, and an air pump shoots up to two pounds of corn mush into his esophagus. The industry always refers to the dry weight of the feed, which is about one pound per feeding. Adding oil and water doubles this weight, making it 20-30% of the bird's healthy body weight. Picture 30 one pound boxes of dry pasta and then add water. This is proportionally how much a 150 pound human would be force fed using this formula.
Picture on the right: Normal duck liver vs force fed duck liver.

A duck's liver naturally weighs around 50 grams. However, to qualify as foie gras, the industry's own regulations require ducks' livers to weigh an absolute minimum of 300 grams.

Raw foie gras...
I was terribly shocked to see the production process of this so-called 'delicacy'. There are other foods with great taste out there isn't it?

It's heartbreaking to see what are being done to those innocent ducks. I feel like I'm watching some sort of 'ethnic cleansing' pictures. It's scary, hurtful, depressing and disappointing.

It is most heartbreaking to realize how cruel human being can be and it is not against the law. I can't believe this is being done by my species!

God help us!

I've never come across this dish, let alone taste it... Lucky me!

Just like shark fin soup, people should stop eating this too. Stop torturing the ducks!

Some pictures of foie gras production process, see whether the pictures above still look appetizing:

Force feeding the duck...

Cages are very small and they force the ducks to stay in one position to avoid using energy, thus converting all food into fat.

Their legs were bloated from long standing everyday. No need to sleep because they will be caught for feeding again....

Although they try to defend themselves But it is useless...

Remember, when the buying stops, the killing can too!

Don't believe me? Read this:

You can see a lot more disstressing pictures from the websites above.

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