india foie gras
by Maria Mooney
Categories: Animals, Causes.

Another victory for our darling ducks has been won. The Indian government banned the import of foie gras into the country on July 3, 2014.

Animal Equality, an animal activist group, fought hard to make this landmark decision a reality, conducting a two year international campaign against the foie gras farming practice. Their campaign included horrific video footage and testimonials from the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations and the European Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare. Both organizations requested that the country’s minister of commerce ban the import of foie gras due to its gruesome and inhumane farming practices.

To produce foie gras (“fatty liver”), pipes are rammed down male ducks’ or geese’s throats several times per day and as much as four pounds of grain and fat are pumped into the animals’ stomachs. This causes their livers to bloat to up to ten times their normal size, creating the “delicacy” that foie gras is considered to be. Because of this abusive practice, the birds have difficulty standing and often tear out their own feathers or cannibalize each other due to the stress of their environments.

India has joined Argentina, Denmark, Turkey, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom in banning the production and import of foie gras, and we can only hope the rest of the world will follow in these progressive countries’ footsteps. Let’s hope the United States is next.

Photo Credit: Atlasroutier 

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About Maria Mooney

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW, is a raw vegan licensed social worker, certified holistic health coach, research and editorial assistant at KrisCarr.com and freelance writer. After years of suffering with chronic health conditions, she is healing herself through a plant-based diet, radical self-care and consuming self love, and she wants to teach you how to do the same. She has done it all, including the Gerson Therapy and Hippocrates Health Institute's Life Transformation program. She knows how to make delicious juices, grow wheat grass, sprout anything and everything, create mouth-watering, healthy treats, grow shoots and more! She is also licensed in the mental health field and loves to marry mental health healing with physical healing to teach her clients to be themselves, love themselves and heal themselves. Contact her at MariaMooney.com for a free health consultation today!

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  • Siraganda

    I think this is the first nation taking this historic step – India – a truly cultivated and civilized decision – and an excellent example for the US and Europe, specially France, ‘La Grande Nation’! I ask myself where is it’s Grandeur!!!