The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is asking the USDA to require foie gras to have a cigarette-like warning on all product packaging.
The group is asking that the USDA mandate that all foie gras packages be marked with the statement “NOTICE: Foie gras products are derived from diseased birds.” The ALDF argues that, foie gras consumers have the right to know the risks that come with buying the product.
The ALDF explains their reasoning like this:
"Ducks are force-fed three pounds of mash a day through a pipe that is shoved down their throats - the equivalent of force-feeding 45 pounds of food to an adult human - inducing a liver disease known as hepatic lipidosis that often cripples and poisons the birds.”
The equivalent of force-feeding an adult human 45 pounds of food? The average bag of potatoes is about 5 pounds so this would be like being force-fed 9 bags of potatoes every day. That is enough to make anyone sick.
You can help spread the word about the dangers foie gras poses to animals and consumers by asking the USDA to mandate an industry wide warning label. Sign the ALDF petition today.