Reading Time: < 1 minute The distressed animals are force-fed with tubes down their necks (Photo: Animal Equality)
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New ‘harrowing’ footage showing geese and ducks being force-fed on a foie gras farm in France.

Leading international animal protection organization Animal Equality has released the footage, which was filmed openly during a public farm tour in August.

According to the group, it shows ‘geese and ducks suffering in barren, wire cages and terrified birds struggling while being force-fed with metal tubes’.

Vegan campaigner

Actor and animal advocate, Peter Egan, and TV veterinarian, Emma Milne, joined Animal Equality on the visit to ‘La Ferme Turnac’ foie gras farm which offers daily public tours.

“It’s disgusting. It should be banned,” Egan said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

“The vocalization was absolutely clear that it was an extremely unpleasant experience,” added Emma Milne. “If that’s what they’re happy to show you, I dread to think what some of the worse farms are like.”

The harrowing footage shows animal suffering

Off the menu

As a result, Animal Equality is calling on restaurants to take foie gras off their menus this Christmas. The campaign will start with a protest at the Tate Modern in London today.

“Ironically, many restaurants only offer foie gras on their Christmas menu as it is seen as a luxury, yet there is nothing festive about force-feeding birds to produce this ‘delicacy’ from their engorged, fatty livers,” Dr. Toni Shephard, Animal Equality’s UK Executive Director, said.

“We are asking Tate Modern to live up to their name and drop foie gras from their festive menu.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.