June 20, 2019
On Tuesday, Farm Sanctuary president and co-founder Gene Baur joined over a hundred animal activists for a nearly-day-long New York City Council hearing over Intro 1378, legislation that would prohibit the sale of foie gras in NYC.
Gene also submitted a formal testimony on behalf of Farm Sanctuary to the New York City Council this morning in support of this critical legislation.
What is Foie Gras?
Foie gras, or “fatty liver,” is the diseased and enlarged liver of a duck or goose, produced through violent force-feeding via a tube shoved down the bird’s throat. Ducks who have come to Farm Sanctuary after being rescued from foie gras farms are among the sickest animals we have cared for in over thirty years.
Farm Sanctuary has been a pivotal leader in the fight to end the sale and production of foie gras for decades, sponsoring California’s landmark 2004 legislation to ban foie gras in the state, while also rescuing birds from this horrific industry.
Intro 1378 is a common-sense bill that would prohibit the sale of foie gras from force-fed ducks and geese in New York City, with violators punished by a fine as high as $1,000. The proposed New York City ban would follow a similar statewide prohibition in California.
We are deeply grateful to our over 30,000 members in NYC, and to everyone who has stood with us over the years in the fight against animal cruelty. If you are a New York City resident, please take action now and speak up in support of Intro 1378. If not, please share this message with friends in NYC.