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Hudson Valley Foie Gras Investigation


Hudson Valley Foie Gras

In Ferndale, New York, this is the nation’s largest foie gras factory farm in the U.S. And while most factory farms shun visits from the public, Hudson Valley Foie Gras is an exception.

It surprisingly offers tours to the public.  So COK’s undercover investigator took advantage of this opportunity by scheduling a visit, and wearing a hidden camera during the tour.

Even though this was a white-gloved, guided tour, the video reveals the sheer barbarity of this industry. What he documented can only be described as a torture chamber for birds—from pipes being shoved down their throats and food pumped into their stomachs to being grabbed by their wings, shackled upside down, and their throats slit.

What Is Foie Gras?

Foie gras is French for “fatty liver,” and in order to produce this so-called “delicacy,” ducks are force fed abnormally large quantities of food, causing their livers to become diseased and swell up to ten times the normal size. After 28 days of force-feeding, the birds are killed, and their diseased livers are marketed as foie gras.

What Experts Say about Foie Gras Production [PDF]