Ducks are happiest when they are in large social groups. They love the open space and to be near loved ones. They are extremely clean and keep any debris out of their nest. In the wild they live up to 10 years. And just like people, ducks actually have regional “accents” that identify them from one place to the next!
Their paddled feet make them superb swimmers. Their feet have a complex system of capillaries to help promote circulation so their feet do not get cold! Their beak is used for digging and food-hunting.
Geese are gregarious and social animals. They enjoy flying and being in large groups. Geese are very protective of their loved ones, especially their offspring. They mate for life. When they fly in a formation, if one is wounded and must stay grounded there is always one that will stay with him.
Ducks and geese can fly as much 300 miles per day! Geese have excellent eyesight and a wide field of vision.
Both duck and geese enjoy their freedom as much as any other creature. They are cruelly raised on factory farms for Pate de foie gras, or “fat liver”, which is made from the fattened livers of these beautiful animals.
These animals must endure being force-fed through tubes, a practice that is painful and inhumane. The death rate of these birds is 20 times higher than normal. Their livers become enlarged 10 times the size of what it should be. These birds suffer severe damage to their livers, esophagus and stomachs and many others die from hemorrhaging. Damage to their throats happen often.
Force feeding is 3 times daily with a metal tube 30 centimeters around. They are either fed via a hand machine (feeding takes 45-60 seconds) or a pneumatic tube (feeding takes 2-3 seconds). Many times as they struggle to break free, the tube will damage and tear their throats which lead to infection, hemorrhaging or death. They are given a diet of corn mixed with pig fat. The amount is around 3 kilos every day or almost 7 pounds which in human equivalent would be 12 kilos or 26 pounds of food a day. Many times vomiting occurs and the birds will die of suffocation.
Geese and ducks will normally accept food from humans, however in these extreme cases they will try to avoid being fed by the workers who force feed them. These birds also like to spread their feathers and keep them in excellent condition. In the stressful conditions, however, many of them have a lack of plumage, dirty, ragged feathers and are very unkept.
Like other factory farms animals, they are kept in cages with little or no room to move. Lights are kept very dim and ammonia and other odors fill the small areas leaving poor breathing air. These birds will normally live freely for 15 years, however those destined for use to make foie gras do not live past 4 months. After slaughter their stomachs are still so full of food that it comes out of their stomachs mixing with the blood onto the slaughterhouse pavement floor.
The production of foie gras has been banned in Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, the UK, Argentina, state of California and Israel.by