Foie Gras is a french delicacy produced by force feeding ducks and geese to fatten the liver. The treatment which these animals receive is such that it is illegal to produce Foie Gras in New Zealand.
The birds are often confined throughout their lives. Two or three times a day, they have a pipe forced into their esophagus, and food is pumped in, some new production methods pump food in via a slit in the throat. This causes the birds liver to swell up to 10 times its normal size. The birds gain a lot of weight, and many are unable to support themselves and move around. The crowded cages, and high stress of their lives, often lead to the birds cannibalising one another. This diseased liver is known as a delicacy, but it is a delicacy of despair for vulnerable birds.
While it is illegal to produce Foie Gras in New Zealand, it is legal to sell it. Do not buy foie gras or support any restaurants that sell it.