Remember Tony Bourdain's excellent show on the Food Network?
Well, it had a VERY graphic depiction of how (in France) geese (ducks?) are forcefed through the funnels to grossly and unnaturally distend their livers (have you ever seen the size of a piece of fois gras?). They looked like they had tracheotomies. And that's the way they lived their whole lives.
Not that I was ever a big fan of fois gras, but I decided then and there not to eat it again unless I was assured that the birds were not treated in the grotesque way I witnessed on the show.
I believe that the Hudson Valley people claim to produce it in a more humane way, but I'm not sure.
But that's just my decision.