Foie gras has been around for a very long time but that does not mean it should stay around! These intelligent, gentle birds are condemned to spend the last weeks of their lives in small, barren pens, where they are forced to stand 24 hours a day on metal grating as their urine and faeces build up underneath. The geese panic and struggle as they are roughly grabbed by the neck and a metal pipe is forced down their throats so that huge amounts of grain can be pumped into their stomachs. This cruel process happens three to four times a day – every day. Their distended livers – which can swell to up to 10 times their normal size – press against their lungs, causing them to pant constantly. Some of the birds can no longer stand because their legs can't support the weight of their livers, resulting in possible leg fractures.As the liver swells the other organs have no room and are painfully pushed out of their bottom.