Farm Sanctuary

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Please Protect New York’s Farm Animals on foie gras "farms"     

Dear Friends,

As you know, the production of foie gras is incredibly cruel. Birds are force-fed, for weeks at a time. This produces a deformed and diseased liver that is then sold as a so-called “delicacy.” 

New York state is home to two of the largest foie gras “farms.” Now, proposed state Senate Bill S1559 would prohibit the barbaric practice of force-feeding ducks and geese. 

Please call your state legislators and ask them to support S1559. You can find your state representative here and your state senator here. After you call, please send a follow-up email. If you don’t live in New York, please forward this email with friends and family who do. 

For more information, you can see Gene Baur’s message to the New York State Legislature below.

Thanks so much for standing up for farm animals,

Matt Ball
Director of Engagement and Outreach
Farm Sanctuary


Example email from Gene Baur 

Subject: Support S1559 

Dear Legislator,

On behalf of Farm Sanctuary, a national nonprofit organization based in Watkins Glen, NY, I’m writing to express our support for S 1559 (Avella). This legislation prohibits the force-feeding of birds to make foie gras, which involves thrusting a pipe down the throats of ducks or geese and force-feeding them so their livers expand up to 10 times the normal size. 

The engorged livers of birds exploited for foie gras commonly become diseased, and the birds have difficulty breathing as their oversized livers expand and displace other internal organs. They also experience foot and leg infections, lacerations and punctures when they are injured by force feeding, and many die before reaching the slaughterhouse every year. 

Farm Sanctuary has provided refuge for ducks rescued from foie gras farms, and we have seen firsthand the deleterious impacts that the foie gras industry has on these birds. In addition to physical illness and injuries, the birds arrive fearful of people because of the abuses they’d endured.  Monet and Matisse are two ducks who had lived at a foie gras facility where they were confined and cruelly force-fed, and they came to us terribly frightened. Today, these ducks are able to move freely and engage in natural behaviors, and they are coming to trust their human caregivers. They are healing both physically and emotionally from the trauma they experienced.

The violence and cruelty of foie gras production has no place in a society that values compassion. Our treatment of other animals says volumes about us, and enacting S 1559 to outlaw egregious abuse will help sustain basic humane principles. 

Like all animals, farm animals have feelings and they deserve to be treated with respect. Thank you for your time and thoughtful consideration.


Gene Baur



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