European charter for the production of fat palmipeds
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 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.
This charter has been signed by the representatives of all the foie gras producer countries in the European Union.
Providing quality living conditions for their animals is a daily concern of any breeder of fat palmipeds (ducks and geese) who must ensure their well-being, comfort and optimal hygiene and this at all stages of production. These elements are fundamental for the animals and a prerequisite to obtain a noble product of quality.
Ducks and geese in the foie gras production live 90% of their life outside
Living most of their life outside, palmipeds used for the production of foie gras live in collective cages for a few days during the fattening phase. Beyond the semantics and the negative connotation that can be attached to certain terms like cage, what matters to European foie gras breeders is the real conditions in which their animals are raised and the improvements that can be made.
Euro Foie Gras has always worked and will continue on this path to provide to palmipeds a housing system fully ensuring their well-being while meeting requirements related to sanitary aspects and offering satisfactory working conditions to the breeders.