Pamela Anderson Urges French Assembly to Ban Foie Gras Cruelty

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Today, the French Deputy Minister of Ecology introduced a proposed law to ban the force-feeding of animals, and to help kick off the debate, he invited animal rights activist and superstar Pamela Anderson to address ministers in Paris.

The proposed bill is backed by studies into the cruelty of force-feeding ducks and geese, a practice that is banned in the UK but occurs in France for the production of foie gras. To make foie gras, huge amounts of grain and fat are pumped into birds’ stomachs through pipes that are rammed down their throats several times a day. Their distended livers press against their lungs, making breathing difficult and causing them to pant constantly. In her speech, Pamela explained:

[W]e need to evolve beyond barbarism and ignorance, and to be blunt, foie gras is simply a diseased liver and that disease is called hepatic steatosis or fat liver disease. What this means is that these animals are forced to suffer excruciating pain and diarrhea, inflammations and injures throughout their short lives until the day they are slaughtered. What we see in the stores are sterile tins of a product all packaged neat and pretty, masking the reality of what is really inside.

Over 80 French animal welfare and animal rights organisations, including the Brigitte Bardot Foundation and PETA France, have condemned the suffering and thousands of groups worldwide, including PETA UK and the Pamela Anderson Foundation, are campaigning against the cruel product. And a poll conducted in December found that record numbers of French citizens support a ban on force-feeding. Pamela continued:

Historically France has blazed a path on many fronts for human rights, for freedom, for conservation and the environment. Now is the time to champion the rights of animals to be free of suffering.

I would like to respectfully request that France embrace the qualities of compassion, empathy and respect for the lives of animals. I would like to respectfully call for the abolition of an industry that profits from horrific misery and abuse to produce a product that is toxic to not just the bodies of those that consume it but is also toxic to the hearts and souls of all of humanity.

What You Can Do

While foie gras production is illegal in the UK, it’s still legal to sell the foodstuff here. PETA is calling on all businesses still profiting from the abuse of birds to get with the times and remove this cruelly produced item from their menus.

If you spot a restaurant, hotel or shop that still sells foie gras, please send the business a polite e-mail asking its owners to stop supporting cruelty. Do let us know when you’ve contacted a company – we’d love to hear how you get on!


  • nicola macdonald commented on January 19, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Great #banfoiegras

    • Emily McDonald commented on January 20, 2016 at 8:34 am

      It’s good to see the actual footage. It makes the horrendous cruelty inexcusable! Kia ora Peta UK for your amazing work at exposing the real truth!!

      • Penny commented on January 21, 2016 at 10:12 pm

        You need to shoot the men that are doing this to these poor birds. Take them away and shove a pipe down there throats 3-4 times a day and leave them on metal gratings and just leave them there. All those poor birds are wanted for is a special dish for the rich bastards and they do not give a shit as long as they get what they want cause they have so much money and do not care about anything but them selves and if they have to torture a poor innocent animal too bad do it because they want it when they want it.
        And as far as for the men that fo it put them in the pens and torture them just like they did to those poor geese and do it to the rich bastards too it would be what they deserve too.

      • Davina Taylor commented on January 30, 2016 at 4:53 pm


    • ANNEMIE commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      we have to end this cruelty to animals by telling people all about this abuse and take actions thnks for all the effort

      • rocco frangione commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:48 pm

        annemie. people who eat this disgusting ‘food’ just don’t give a shit, no matter what you tell them. i suspect they already know. they just don’t care

    • Diana Snook commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      This type of cruelty should not be happening to animals in a so-called civilized country. it is high time it was banned!

    • marian commented on January 25, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      I will never eat fois gras. Evne if I could afford it.

    • Frances commented on January 28, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      I stopped eating it years agao when I learnt how it was produced. Really good to get it banned here, but I think you’ll find it hard to convince the French not to eat it.

    • Lesley Turnbull commented on February 24, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      I hate to see that this continues. Ducks are such sweet little things, they do not deserve this. I support this ban 100%.

  • Mary McNamara commented on January 19, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    This cruelty is unforgivable. I will never eat fois gras.

    • Sigh commented on January 22, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      “I will never eat foie gras” means faux variants of foie gras are off-limits too.

  • Angela whiston commented on January 19, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Pate design foie gras production is barbaric. Ban it.

  • Janet evans commented on January 19, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    No need for this let them eat in their own time forget about money

  • Kate lewis commented on January 19, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Omg! This is unbelievably barbaric.
    What is wrong with the human race??? Stop this you Neanderthals!!!!

  • Margaret Boyle commented on January 19, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    It’s abuse…

  • Angie commented on January 19, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    This should never have happened & needs to stop at once.

  • Denise Hunter commented on January 20, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I know of a farm shop in my area that stocks Foie Gras. This should be banned immediately and stop the torture of those poor animals.

    • Ruby commented on January 20, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Denise
      If you can, please get in touch with your local shop and let them know that foie gras is totally unethical and you disapprove of it’s sale in their store. Hopefully if shops, restaurants and hotels hear that their customers are against foie gras, they will stop selling it. Thank you!

  • caroline commented on January 20, 2016 at 11:14 am

    This cruelty has to be stopped now. No one needs to eat this stuff and no bird should ever be force feed.

  • Melissa commented on January 20, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Ban this evil cruelty forever

  • Joyce hamill commented on January 20, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    I agree with Melissa- Ban this evil cruelty forever!!

  • marjorie Marland commented on January 20, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    What kind of human being can do this force feeding of ducks and geese knowing the horrendous cruelty they are inflicting on these defenceless creatures . If the French have a conscience they will ban it immediately.

    • rocco frangione commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      c’mon, people who eat this don’t have a conscience

    • rocco frangione commented on October 8, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      most people, including the French have no conscience. you ask what kind of human being can do this ?? I’ll tell you what kind !! the people who get a hard on by seeing & doing cruel things to animals who can’t fight back, that’s who. these ‘humans’ are not humans. they’re savages who should be killed by a group of ‘secret police’

  • GABRIELA VARGAS commented on January 20, 2016 at 11:16 pm


  • william commented on January 21, 2016 at 12:32 am

    watching Rick Steves on his tv show traveling through France I was appaled when he and his guide sat down to an outside “gourmet” meal at some fancy restaurant, oohing and ahhing over how good the foie gras was. He needs to re-edit that episode, it was sickening!

    • rocco frangione commented on October 8, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      that asshole ‘rick steves’ should be forced to watch a video of how this crap is produced. he’s a savage that should be shot & killed & they can serve his liver to other savages including the French

  • Thayne cameron commented on January 21, 2016 at 1:02 am

    What can I do about a local restaurant that serves this food?
    In have written a letter but unsure of what to do next!
    Please help

    • Ruby commented on January 21, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      First of all, thank you for writing a letter to your local restaurant! Perhaps you could follow up with a phone call, or if possible a visit to the restaurant to talk to them in person. If you know of other local people that are against foie gras, urge them to call the restaurant too so that they will understand that foie gras is cruel, unnecessary and not in demand from their customers. Thank you for standing up for geese!

  • Greg Reynolds commented on January 21, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Horrible cruelty that must be banned forever

  • Zach commented on January 21, 2016 at 2:17 am

    I can’t believe how this type of “food” was ever created. What person would think that absolute torture and punishment and HELL would bring them the better high quality from anything, especially from a living being. So sad. I hope someday very soon people will realize how caveman’ish and cruel this really is.

  • Moriah commented on January 22, 2016 at 4:40 am

    I think a lot of people see that and think its abuse, but you have to consider so things
    1. theses geese are raised as food, even if you are vegan or vegetation not every one is
    2. they don’t live in those pens- they are just for feeding times
    3. waterfowl don’t have gag reflexes like we do and force feeding is used to care for sick waterfowl
    4. not all farms treat their animals poorly- some do, but take Elevage de bouyssou, a french farm and Foie gras producer, take very good care of their geese.
    there are two sides to every story and Foie Gras is not about making money, or abusing animals, it’s about the traditional art of food.

    • Chris Ashton commented on January 22, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Why are you trying to put this practice in a good light? Do you have an economic interest?!!! This product is unnecessary and the overwhelming, well-documented evidence shows abuse. The photos of the ducks and geese in pens looking OK are taken at the start of the process – before they get in such a physical mess. Sure, they don’t have a gag reflex so they CANNOT get rid of the food making them swell up. That is NOT a good point. Get real. Admit that this is abuse.

      • Michele commented on January 24, 2016 at 5:17 am

        I agree this is in humane !! I’m so upset an can’t believe this is happening! Human beings are so cruel it his is torture! I want to do it to humans!

    • nicola macdonald commented on January 22, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      What a load of rubbish, the ducks are kept in pens for weeks at a time! the oesophagus is badly damaged due to the pipe being shoved down. Have you seen the videos and pictures? IT’S ABUSE

    • emilia moretti commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      hello, I am vegetarian since few years and do not expect the whole world become vegetarian or vegan, but I hope that these animals are raised and live a decent life and do not have to suffer in this horrible way. This is disgusting! How is it possible that people like you can not imagine the pain that these animals must suffer ? They are sensitive to pain as all living beings and I’m shocked that people like you are not touched by the compassion !!
      The video speaks clearly….are blind?
      We can live very well without the Fois Gras … which is the result of diseased liver !

    • Judy Cooper commented on January 25, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      No animal/ bird likes an alien instrument down its throat! How many humans hate the dentist! this is not once but several times a day for what would seem like for ever. If was not harmful and the birds enjoyed the process how come it has to be forced? Creating a cancer, hope that’s what all abusers get! I have four ducks, all from poor back grounds and they love the great life style here. A duck has great emotions and really show happiness and distress just as we do. So do not think otherwise, Many breeders do not let a duck goose see water other than to drink and that is cruel enough. ok they love the mud but getting clean afterwards is bliss! Breeding for food is general cruel in the most cases, this is just barbaric. There is no excuses for or good Foie Gras producers.

    • Roger Brenton commented on January 25, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Moriah, rarely, if ever, have I read such total garbage as you have written in a pathetic attempt to justify the pain and cruelty meted out to these tragic geese.
      It would take too long to respond to each of your ridiculous comments but the last one about Foie Gras not being about making money really does take the biscuit.
      If you haven’t got anything sensible to say, then please shut the **** up.

    • Evelyn Ball commented on January 25, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      Take your blinders off! The fact you condone this and think it isn’t abuse is pathetic. Maybe you should have a tube shoved down your throat a few times a day. It is amazing how human beings justify something like this because it is a tradition. Any tradition should change if it involves this disgusting abuse. Sure doesn’t say much about you as a human being.

    • Elaine commented on February 9, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      I would like to treat you as these animals are treated and then afterwards I will ask you if you really think it is OK.

    • rocco frangione commented on October 8, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      this is for the asshole, moriah. you are an asshole, pure & simple

  • Thayne cameron commented on January 25, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I live in Massachusetts and I was totally surprised and disgusted to see that a new local restaurant in a very upscale town serves this.
    I contacted them and they sent me a letter defending this as well as telling me that it is done ” humanely”
    I am still in shock by their comments but will be sending available footage as well as more information.
    If anyone has any more suggestions I am listening.

    • rocco frangione commented on July 15, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      thank GOD for people like you. when these bastards tell you it’s done humanely, they themselves know it’s a lie. they’re just trying to make money on the suffering & deaths of these ducks & geese

  • heidi ahlstrand commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    stop this now,how frigin CRUEL!!!!!

  • James Pruitte commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    This is horrible animal abuse ! It needs to stop !

  • Chittaranjan Reddy commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    One can live a healthy life, being a vegetarian and does not have to eat all this junk. If more people stop buying junk food, we can all live in harmony with all the animals. It is time to educate a lot of people, that are blind to such things.

  • pat murgatroyd commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    I have spent most of my life fighting for the rights of animals, my heart is weary but it will not stop me Those poor wretched birds,i’m ashamed to be part of the same race as those evil abusers

  • Diana Snook commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    This type of cruelty should not be happening to animals in a so-called civilized country. it is high time it was banned!

  • Nigel Booth commented on January 25, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    AS soon as I discovered the suffering that these birds go through I never purhased foie gras again.
    While these birds are raised for food it does not mean we can look the other way to their suffering.

  • paul cole commented on January 25, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    pam might look like just a buxom blond but she is more beautiful on the inside than outside, go vegan and stop the holocaust.

    • Monica commented on January 27, 2016 at 9:13 am

      bro you cant say that. thats like comparing slavery to no picking up dog poo.

  • eve botelho commented on January 25, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    It is such unspeakably cruel practice. It breaks my heart. This is torture for a few moments of taste.

  • Janice Lasota commented on January 25, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    It upsets me so much to look at some of the cruel things that seem to be accepted by some in this world but I know if there werent people like Peta out there and people that will support the banning of things such as this disgusting barbaric treatment that nothing would ever be done. I hope that this is banned in my lifetime. I have NEVER and will NEVER touch anything like this.

  • David Reavely commented on January 25, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    This barbaric process that treats animals without any regard for their suffering must be stopped

  • GABRIELA VARGAS commented on January 25, 2016 at 9:33 pm


  • Julie Harris commented on January 25, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    I have never and could never eat food gras.

  • C.Payne. commented on January 26, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I agree with all the above comments. We as the intelligent ones act far worse than any animal that walks this planet. If only everybody that eats this food had the pictures of the poor birds in front of them at the time of eating they might think twice. Once again its MONEY that prevails, not only to the people that buy this food but also the people that supply it. As far as I am concerned they should have the same treatment as the birds. They are all BASTARDS.

  • C.Payne. commented on January 26, 2016 at 10:41 am

    What sort of moderation is required?

    • Anne commented on January 26, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Hi, we moderate comments to remove any that are abusive, inciting hatred or posted by spammers 🙂

      • rocco frangione commented on July 15, 2016 at 7:24 pm

        you shouldn’t be removing or censoring anything in the comments. these are how people really feel, & other people need to know how this is regarded

  • Greg Campbell commented on January 26, 2016 at 10:42 am

    It’s hard to unsee that clip. Tough watching. Any logical human can recognise this is cruelty – to inflict abuse to the point of disease on another being in order to consume it’s inflamed, fat laden organ. It’s not necessity for our survival, these birds don’t cause us danger nor have they harmed us in any way. ‘Because we can’ fails to be a logical argument when it supports the obvious horrendous suffering of living beings. Stop this insanity.

  • Judy Cooper commented on January 27, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    If everyone reading had met Bobby my beloved duck (now deceased) you would understand a real duck! He cried, he laughed he was naughty and good. He broke his foot bone and with ingenuity a bandage was designed. It healed and again he ran. He loved his cuddles, flew with my support as he could not really fly. A clean bath every day what ever the weather, He had a life, a personality, love!, not a dungeon of gloom, mistreatment and pain inflicted on him every day. Tell me Foie Gras birds see a moment of kindness a moment to be real birds? That goes for the meat birds, birds used for down feather, when there are millions of feathers from slaughtered birds, from natural moulting. This is why we are PETA, this is why we suffer the torment of knowing all the barbaric things going on, because we care and we know we can act. We know we can break down cruel people. We can be HEARD! Keep the pressure on, voice your objections to cruelty……

  • Kevin Bacon commented on January 28, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    “Historically France has blazed a path on many fronts for human rights, for freedom” France were beheading people by Guillotine right up to 1977…….

  • B J Van Camp commented on February 9, 2016 at 1:06 am

    It is unacceptable & completely unbelieve that so many animals (ducks for one -who would do that? The others are as horrible. Stop this. Your cruelty are turning so many people Aroynd the world (yes even in Memphis, TN. ) into now trying to become vegetarians It’s not easy, but let these sadist know what’s happening in the world & that eventually, we’ll stop your torture & make it illegal for these pathetic morons from eating this exppensive, sick foods that make them feel so important because they can afford to eat this. Hopefully, it’s going to be illegal for anybody to eat these. They’re so rich they can fly to some equally cruel people will do anything if you have enough money. I guess if you get enough money you enjoy being able to eat any tortured creatures. He’ll think how sick this is. Just think of the cruel ness of the ones who eat animals alive. Only hope Karma gets them.

  • carol hammett commented on February 20, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Please stop this cruelty to these birds no human needs to eat this foie gras in their diet theres enough other foods to choose from. Stop being cruel monsters

  • Paul gabriel commented on February 20, 2016 at 10:24 pm


  • Stacey Bowman commented on February 22, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    How can I help? Besides donating

    • Anne commented on February 24, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Hi Stacey, thanks for your support.
      One really effective strategy for reducing the demand for foie gras (and so reducing the numbers of animals who suffer in this way) is to contact any restaurant or shop that you see sellling it. Often just one letter from a concerned customer can be enough to get businesses to take foie gras off the menu.

      • Thayne cameron commented on February 25, 2016 at 1:58 pm

        Hi all, yes, try to contact the individual restaurant and attempt some teaching.
        I sent literature and video to our local restaurant.
        No change yet but I’m not done. We can’t just complain on a thread. Yes, it’s horrible! But we need to be vocal amoung people who don’t share our thoughts.

  • Lina Sorrentino commented on February 23, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I hate what they do to the ducks. I’ve seen a video on it and cried. How cruel. Those birds have rights too. No animal should be treated like that. It’s torture and totally disgusting. No more. Let’s stop this torcher now. Please join the good human rsce. Stop doing the devils deeds. I will never eat meat. I’m a vegan. I love all animals. Let’s protest this gastly practice.

  • Linda Jablonski Hassa commented on February 23, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    This is torture for these beautiful and pure souls.

  • Ellen Patrick commented on February 24, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Absolutely terrible cruel punishment for a poor defenseless animal, the pain that they must suffer for what, such.a sham, ease stop this cruelty

  • Jacqueline Kolb commented on February 24, 2016 at 1:55 am

    Who ever invented such barbarity for pleasure?!

  • Judy Cooper commented on February 24, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    We can all comment and cry but can we have some way we can act to stop this barbaric trade?

  • sharon commented on March 24, 2016 at 11:12 am

    ITS A disgusting act and anyone eating this should be ashamed on themselves and I hope they REAP WHAT THEY SOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mimi morritt commented on October 22, 2016 at 12:20 am

    being naive as many people are – i had no idea of the
    barbaric treatment. i imagine the geese would be in a farm, running in the field, going in a pond and eventually would be slaughtered. to see how the liver is produced i will never eat foie gras again and believe me i used to really like it.
    yes i was naive about so many other animals too.
    like how premarin was produced. i immediately stopped
    using it after i saw how it was produced. cruelty to animals is not to be forgiven but punished and punished as much as human get. thank you PETA for opening our eyes, our mind and to change and enforce the animals rights.

  • Debbie commented on November 9, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Humanity is so cruel. Why do people disconnect with animals emotions. Animals have hearts, brains and feelings but we are so backwards with compassion that these poor defenceless animals suffer horrifically.

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