The practice of killing ducks for their livers — or foie gras — has got to be up there with one of the more horrible ways to treat a living creature. According to Wikipedia, force feeding takes place 12-18 days before slaughter. The duck or goose is typically fed a controlled amount of corn mash through a tube inserted in the animal’s esophagus. This causes the liver to expand and become a fatty delicacy served around the world.
Joining PETA in an effort to hold up bans on foie gras in the city of Chicago is Def Jam records founder Russell Simmons. The artist appealed on behalf of PETA to the city council saying the following, “Cruelty is wrong, regardless of whether the victim is a child, a dog, or a bird. Let’s come together to oppose all cruelty and injustice. I am asking that you support keeping this compassionate law in place—a law that Chicago can be truly proud of.”
You can find the rest of his letter here. PETA also made mention of a horrific accident at the Hudson Valley Foie Gras factory farm in which 15,000 ducks were burned to death in a fire. According to the Times Herald, the owner of the factory lamented the financial lost of the operation and said it “could not have come at a worse time.”
Good luck finding sympathy, buddy.