12 countries of the European Union formally prohibit force-feeding or interpret animal protection laws as de facto condemning this practice. Only 5 EU countries produce foie gras (France, Spain, Bulgaria, Hungary and Belgium). Force-feeding is also banned in Israel, Switzerland, Norway, Argentina, Turkey and even in the state of California in the United States. The Brussels-Capital region will in all likelihood be added to this list as soon as Parliament approves the order.
To date, in Belgium, tens of thousands of ducks undergo force-feeding, until their diseased livers reach volumes of seven to ten times the norm. In recent years, several investigations, scientific reports and information campaigns have provided sufficient devastating evidence of the cruelty involved in foie gras production.
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