Foie Gras, pronounced “fwah Grah”, I’m proud to say is a food I never heard of until I became an adoptive parent of a rescued chicken, Mr. Pickles. His home, The Farm Sanctuary, takes in all kinds of farm animals rescued from factory farming or inhumane food production sources. The beautiful calendar I received as part of my adoption, has a gorgeous duck named Julep on the January photo. Each month features a rescued animal, and their story. It turns out, Julep was part of a Canadian Foie Gras production facility, where she was thrown on the dead pile as a hatchling, because she’s a female. Farm Sanctuary rescued her and several other ducks from in the trashcan. Foie Gras is fatty duck liver, and the production is just horrid – they force feed male ducks 4 lbs of corn meal mush a day (that’s equivalent to 60 lbs of mush force fed to a human), over a 2-3 week period to fatten them up – mainly to enlarge their liver for a “delicacy” dish that some restaurants offer. I was again in tears seeing pictures of these poor ducks being force fed with tubes of mush. I have to stop looking at these websites… its tearing me apart! My husband thinks I’m insane when he sees me crying…. over a duck or a chicken. Sorry honey, I’m just an old farm-animal loving country girl – its in my genes! (my parents would cry too at these things). After seeing this, and reading more on animal cruelty, I'm officially giving up meat (yet again!) and this time I'm including dairy – if you drink milk or eat any dairy products, you are supporting the veal industry and I absolutely will not advocate veal production either. Farm animals need more rights! I may end up totally vegan; something I thought about and toyed with a little bit for quite some time and I think now is the time to officially do it.