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1 million birds die each year

Compassion believes that no animal should suffer for food production. A European Council Directive states:

No animal shall be provided with food or liquid in a manner... which may cause unnecessary suffering or injury.
Duck after Gavage force feeding

Yet around one million birds die during this cruel feeding process every single year. Many countries have banned the force feeding of animals for foie gras. But the suffering goes on. Annually more than 19,000 tonnes of foie gras are produced in France alone.

What is Compassion doing?

Compassion is working to get Foie Gras Production banned across Europe by lobbying member states and the European Commission. We have also taken specific action against new Foie Gras facilities that are being developed. Check out the timeline below for more information

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May 2016

Foie gras farms are temporarily closed in France 70,911 people send an e-card to the French Agriculture Minister, urging continued shutdown of the French Foie Gras industry following national closure caused by a disease outbreak. 

March 2015 320,000+ sign petition. Compassion, working with other animal welfare organisations, hands a 320,000+ signature petition to the European Commission.
October 2012 Coop Italia bans the sale of Foie Gras from its stores. Compassion worked with Coop Italia and awarded them a European Leadership Award.  
October 2012 Compassion joins with several other animal welfare NGOs to call on Fortnum and Mason to stop selling Foie Gras. As yet they have not ended their sales, but we will continue to bring influence to bear on this iconic retailer.
October 2012 Compassion takes part in an event at the EU Parliament opposing foie gras production. Compassion’s Olga Kikou speaks about the animal welfare problem and the potential illegalities of foie gras production.
May 2012 Plans for a new foie gras factory in China suspended. Compassion works with the Humane Society to take action against the plans for a new foie gras factory in China. Following our intervention the plans were suspended, giving 100 million geese cause to celebrate!

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