Gavage (or force-feeding) has been illegal to practice on competant humans since 1913. Force-feeding is still used on factory animals and (rarely) those suffering from various severe psychological and physical disorders. Since gavage involves violating the will of the person or animal on whom the process is used, the question becomes when (if ever) is this violation justified? Certainly a case could be made that force-feeding a mentally disabled person in order to save his or her life is a justifiable violation of the will. To force-feed a duck or a pig in order to fatten it up for slaughter, however, seems to me to be an inhumane practice.
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