One of the most violent and grotesque forms of animal agriculture was nearly banned from being imported into the UK, but Boris Johnson backed out of the plan at the last minute. While foie gras production is in fact illegal in Britain, it can still be imported into the country – which, in many ways, defeats the purpose of banning it domestically. The only way for Britain to stand fully with animal rights advocates is to not only ban foie gras production but also ban all imports and sales of a product that can only be made from violently abusing ducks and geese.
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There is simply no way to ethically produce foie gras. The process is grotesque from start to finish. Male ducks and geese are trapped in tiny, unsanitary cages, meaning that their coats tend to end up matted in feces because they have no space to groom. Female ducklings, on the other hand, are literally tossed into a grinder and instantly ripped apart to their death, since their bodies cannot be used to make what humans have disgustingly deemed a "delicacy." But the most horrific part is the notorious and inevitable force-feeding, in which metal tubes are jammed into the poor animals' tiny throats to make their livers swell up to 10 times their typical size. This process happens twice a day, and unsurprisingly, many of the ducks and geese die while enduring such pain.
Obviously foie gras should be completely eliminated in the UK and eventually abolished altogether in the European Union. A crucial step towards this is to cut off demand by banning the imports and sales of foie gras within Britain – but Boris Johnson cowardly walked back his original agreement to support such a ban. The abandoned ban also included other amendments which protect animal rights, including fur import and sales, both equally important ways to cut animal abuse across the continent.If Britain wants to demonstrate that they care about protecting animals from unnecessary abuse and suffering, they must ban the import and sales of foie gras. Sign the petition now to put pressure on the prime minister to do so at once!