I'm sure it will not surprise regular readers of A Hunger Artist that I have a Google news alert out for foie gras. Reading these things everyday for months involves reading a lot of repetitive information from a wide variety of sources and, not surprisingly, has turned up a few memes. I'm not willing to do the yeoman's work of quantifying the rate of occurrence of any quanta of information in the population of "literature" around any particular subject -let alone fricking duck liver- but I'm pretty comfortable saying that I've read some version of the following thing enough times in Op Ed columns, regular pieces of "journalism," letters to editors etc. to say that it's probably a meme.
"The vast amount of feed pumped down the ducks' throats cause enormous internal pressure, and the pipe sometimes punctures the oesophagus, [sic] causing many to die from choking on the blood that fills their lungs. Some birds literally burst, choke to death on their own vomit, or become so weak that they are unable to fend off rats from eating them alive. Other ducks die a slow, painful, and premature death by suffocation from inhalation of regurgitated feed," Sawhney informed adding that the birds who survive the feedings suffer from a painful illness that causes their livers to swell to eight to ten times their normal size." Source