Ducks Cruelly Caged for Foie Gras

EXPOSED: Horrific cruelty at Palmex, Inc., a foie gras factory farm outside Montréal, where ducks are crammed in metal cages, virtually unable to move, & have pipes shoved down their throats twice a day to pump grain into their stomachs.

Pipes are shoved down the birds’ throats, and up to 4 pounds of grain and fat are pumped into their stomachs two or three times a day. The birds’ livers become diseased and swell to up to 10 times their normal size. Some ducks’ organs burst.

Ducks can choke to death after workers ram the metal tubes down their throats. A PETA investigation of another foie gras producer revealed that a duck’s maggot-filled neck wound was so severe that water spilled out of it when he tried to drink.

Foie gras production is so cruel that at least 15 countries have banned it, including Australia, Germany, Israel, and the U.K. It has been denounced by many grocers, including Giant Eagle, Harris Teeter, Target, and Whole Foods.

But Hot’s and various stores continue to sell birds’ fatty, diseased livers. We need your help now to end this cruelty.

Please take a moment to request that the businesses selling Rougié foie gras—supplied by Palmex and others—do the right thing and ditch this disgusting, vile product.

Foie gras is the French term for “fatty liver”, and it is the product of extreme animal cruelty.

On the left, the liver of a healthy duck. On the right, the liver of a force-fed duck. (Photo:

24 million ducks and geese die in the foie gras industry every year, 500,000 of them in Canada. In modern foie gras factory farms, these waterfowl are intensively raised in large, enclosed barns. Ducks and geese need to immerse themselves in water to remain healthy and clean their feathers, eyes, and nostrils properly, but in these farms there is none. Blindness is common.

Ducks and geese suffer tremendously during and after the force-feeding process. Within just two weeks, their livers have become diseased and have swollen up to ten times their normal size—a condition known as hepatic lipidosis.

The birds can scarcely stand, walk, or even breathe, and have been observed panting and struggling to stand, using their wings to push themselves forward when their crippled legs can no longer support them.

“Grossly enlarged livers are less able to perform their function of cleansing the bloodstream of waste products from the body…the swollen livers also put pressure on the abdominal airsacs, which impairs the bird’s ability to breathe. They also push the legs out laterally, making it difficult for the birds to walk properly.”
–Avian vet, Laurie Siperstein-Cook

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