These restaurants feature cruel and soon to be illegal foie gras--grossly enlarged liver from ducks force fed massive quantities of food to the point where they are sick and dying. (Photo is from APRL's 2011 animal cruelty investigation of Sonoma Foie Gras).
The restaurants are: Naked Lunch, Incanto Restaurant, Jardiniere Restaurant, Chez Spencer Restaurant & Wine Bar, Spencer on the Go, Palio D'Asti, and Txoko.
I have witnessed the horrors of Sonoma Foie Gras with my own eyes. The ducks at Sonoma Foie Gras are absolutely terrified of humans. The claim by chefs that they run up to be fed is pure nonsense. You could see pure terror in the eyes of the ducks upon the very sight of people. They toppled over each other in their pens to get as far back into the pens (and away from humans) as possible. There were ducks that could not get up and ducks that had difficulty standing, walking and breathing. All of the ducks were heavily panting, which is a sign of extreme stress. They were covered in fecal waste and regurgitated corn mash. There were dead ducks and ducks that were very close to death. There were trash cans filled with dead ducks, thrown away like garbage. These same conditions were documented by the Animal Protection and Rescue League at Hudson Valley Foie Gras in upstate New York.
The force-feeding causes the ducks’ livers to swell to 10 times their normal size. It’s so traumatic that many ducks don’t survive. The feeding pipe sometimes punctures the ducks’ esophagi, causing them to die from choking on the blood that fills their lungs. They suffer a slow, painful death from organ failure and rupture. Some ducks suffocate to death after inhaling regurgitated food. According to the EU’s Scientific Report on foie gras, the pre-slaughter mortality rate is up to 20x higher on foie gras farms than other duck factory farms.
Foie gras is supported by only a handful of chefs who lack the creative vision to create delicacies that aren't produced by extreme animal cruelty.
Recently, the chefs promoting foie gras have been claiming that geese and ducks engorge their livers naturally to migrate. However, the particular breed of duck that is used for foie gras production is not a migrating species and would not gorge themselves. And, geese and ducks who do migrate would not gorge themselves to the point of organ failure, as can be found in force feeding. If ducks "gorge" themselves, they shouldn't need to force feed them and shouldn't have any problem with a law against force feeding.
This is an issue Californians are overwhelmingly opposed to. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors, along with 7 other city councils, including LA and San Diego, have passed resolutions calling on restaurants to stop serving cruel foie gras.
Please sign the petition urging these restaurants to remove cruel foie gras from their menus.
For more information about foie gras and to watch APRL's 2011 undercover investigation, please visit www.stopforcefeeding.com.