15 May '12, 7am

Lawsuit Seeks Foie Gras Ban in U.S. | Care2 Causes

Lawsuit Seeks Foie Gras Ban in U.S. | Care2 Causes

Several animal advocacy groups including the Animal Legal Defense Fund , Compassion Over Killing , the Animal Protection & Rescue League and Farm Sanctuary , along with pro bono attorneys from Steptoe & Johnson, have joined forces to bring a lawsuit against the USDA claiming that the production of foie gras violates the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA), which prohibits the sale of diseased poultry. “The USDA is effectively exempting force-fed foie gras from the scrutiny required by federal law, allowing foie gras producers to market diseased organs as gourmet delicacies,” said ALDF executive director Stephen Wells. Foie gras production involves force-feeding restrained ducks by shoving metal pipes down their throats multiple times a day, called gavage, and pumping them full of grain, or corn and fat, which leads to acute hepatic lipidosis, or fatty liver disease, whi...

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