Countries that have passed laws against force feeding include Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway and Poland. Countries that have interpreted their general animal cruelty laws to prohibit force feeding include Holland, Israel, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Only a few countries allow the barbaric practice of force feeding ducks or geese to produce foie gras, with France being the main one.
The Council of Europe has issued regulations (for ducks and geese) that encourage a ban on force feeding in all countries where it is not already practiced, and require research 'on alternative methods which do not include gavage (i.e. force-feeding)' for countries where the practice still exists. The European directive requires that "No animal shall be provided with food or liquid in a manner (...) which may cause unnecessary suffering or injury." A scientific report for a European Community committee condemns the practice of force feeding. The full text of the Council of Europe directive can be found here.