In 2013, a PETA investigator visited Palmex, Inc. ("Palmex"), a foie gras factory farm outside Montréal.
PETA's investigation found that Palmex condemns gentle ducks to spend the last few weeks before they are slaughtered in barren metal cages which are not much bigger than their own bodies. The ducks cannot spread a single wing or take even two steps in any direction. They are denied access to water to bathe and swim in. They are not allowed to live like ducks.
diseased, fatty duck livers to Hot's Kitchen ("Hot's"), a little-known Hermosa Beach, California, restaurant that sells foie gras despite California's ban on selling the vile product. In November 2012, PETA filed a lawsuit against the restaurant's owner.
Palmex is also part of Rougié, the self-proclaimed "world's #1 producer of foie gras."
PETA's investigator also documented that some ducks' bills become cracked and bloody.
Of course, the foie gras industry's standard, cruel force-feeding of ducks (and geese) is just as despicable as Palmex's grim caging of ducks at the end of their miserable lives.
Pipes are shoved down the birds' throats, and up to 4 pounds of grain and fat are pumped into their stomachs two or three
times a day. The birds' livers become diseased and swell to up to 10 times their normal size. Some ducks' organs burst.
Foie gras production is so cruel that at least 15 countries have banned it, including Australia, Germany, Israel, and the U.K. It has been denounced by many grocers, including Giant Eagle, Harris Teeter, Target, and Whole Foods.
But Hot's and various stores continue to sell birds' fatty, diseased livers. We need your help now to end this cruelty.
Please take a moment and click here to request that the businesses selling Rougié foie gras—supplied by Palmex and others—do the right thing and ditch this disgusting, vile product.
For all animals,
Senior Research Associate
Cruelty Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals