Ukraine’s last foie gras farm is shutting down.
Ukrainian poultry company MHP will stop production at the country’s only foie gras farm. The decision follows an exposé released earlier this year. Foie gras is the fatty expanded liver of a goose or duck who has been force-fed.
Animal protection organization Open Cages released undercover footage from the Ukrainian farm in April. The footage, obtained by an undercover worker with a secret camera, uncovered several counts of animal cruelty violations but also revealed the shocking nature of standard practices in the industry.
The footage shows birds “violently” thrown around. It also shows metal pipes — “shoved down the bird’s throats to pump them full of food” — lubricated with engine oil. Workers left injured and deceased birds in piles.
MHP said it sold 50,000 tonnes of foie gras in 2018.
Millions of people viewed the footage on social media, and it inspired restaurants in the UK to remove foie gras from their menus.
Foie Gras Is ‘Barbaric’
The company operating the farm has announced an “End of Operations” due to “international pressure,” the press release says.
Vegan Foie Gras
More companies are creating vegan foie gras to cater to the growing number of people seeking cruelty-free food.
Sans in Brooklyn makes vegan pâté out of black plum and fair trade palm oil.
French startup Suprême uses cellular agriculture to make cruelty-free French pâté, and IntegriCulture Inc., a Japanese cultured meat company, expects its slaughter-free foie gras to be available in restaurants in two years.