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Hudson Valley Foie Gras Investigation

 

Hudson Valley Foie Gras

Hudson Valley Foie Gras in Ferndale, New York, 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.

Surprisingly, the facility offers tours to the public.  So our undercover investigator took advantage of this opportunity by scheduling a visit, wearing a hidden camera during the tour.

Even though this was a white-glove, guided tour, the video reveals the sheer barbarity of this industry. What our investigator 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]