The whole foie gras thing is comical. I think there are three or four farms in America producing foie gras (I only know of two, I produce my own because I can) yet laws are passed in Chicago, Wolfgang Puck gets on his soapbox and Charlie Trotter bans it from his menu.
Want to see real horror for animals? Visit a confinement swine farm, a battery hen house or a puppy farm. The eggs you ate this morning and the bacon beside them was raised in terrible conditions (in general). My breakfast was not because we raise our own, not to spare animals pain but to have control over the inputs. I raise my animals in as humane a way as I can but that is because I think that produces a better product.
Male cattle are emasculated and implanted w/ a growth hormone pellet to increase muscle growth. Finished on grain (America is basically the ONLY country that does that), a practice that causes great distress to the steers is almost never talked about.
So we pass laws about duck livers? Force feed me any day before we start cutting off the boon boons. I’ve done it to horses, cattle, pigs and chickens and w/ the exception of chickens I can see no reason for it. Do it to a chicken and he becomes a capon…fine eating later down the road.