European producers and processors of foie gras are subject to European legislation on farm animal welfare, which may be considered as one of the most demanding in the world.
To go further, as part of its commitment to animal welfare, Euro Foie Gras has published in the form of a charter some specific commitments based on the experience of producers. These commitments are intended to govern this activity, in the spirit of the 12 principles adopted in the "Welfare Quality Project”.
1. Animals must not suffer prolonged hunger and must be fed with appropriate quantities and quality.
2. Animals must not suffer prolonged thirst and must have access to sufficient quantities of water.
3. Animals must have a comfortable space in order to lie down.
4. Animals must have suitable thermal comfort, i.e. they must not be exposed to excessive heat or cold.
5. Animals must have enough space to move freely.
6. Animals must be free from physical injury.
7. Animals must be free from disease and the producer must ensure a good level of hygiene and care.
8. Animals must not suffer pain caused by inappropriate care, handling, slaughtering or surgical procedures.
9. Animals must have the possibility to express a normal, non-harmful social behaviour.
10. Animals must have the possibility to express the behaviour characteristic of their species.
11. Animals must be handled with care in all situations, in such a way as to establish a good human-animal relationship.
12. Negative emotions such as fear, distress, frustration or apathy must be avoided and positive emotions, such as safety and satisfaction, must be promoted.
European charter for the production of fat palmipeds
This charter has been signed by the representatives of all the foie gras producer countries in the European Union.