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Bill Moves To Ban “Egregiously Cruel” Foie Gras In New York City

by | August 30, 2019

New York City may soon ban the sale of foie gras — the fattened livers of force-fed ducks and geese — on grounds of animal cruelty.

The bill has been introduced by council member Carlina Rivera, who has spoken out about what she calls an “egregiously cruel” industry.

“Not only does force feeding cause extreme pain and suffering,” she said.

“It is all being done for a luxury product that only a tiny percentage of New York City restaurants serve and is not part of the diet of hardworking New Yorkers.”

According to the bill, the new ban would “prohibit the sale or offer for sale of foie gras made from force-fed birds, and in food service establishments would further prohibit the provision of such foie gras in any manner.”

Violators could be faced with fines of up to $1000, or imprisonment.

The status of the bill reads currently as “laid over in committee,” which means a hearing has taken place but the vote on the bill has not yet happened.

While the bill is supported by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and other council members, the nation’s foie gras producers oppose the ban.

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Foie Gras Beyond The “Delicacy”

While seen as a delicacy in certain corners of the culinary world, foie gras is a controversial ingredient even in omnivore circles. This has to do mainly with the process required to create it, in which a duck or goose is forcibly fed via pipes put down their throats two to four times a day.

This can cause extreme pain for the animal, as stomachs and livers become distended, or organs rupture from the stress and trauma of force feeding.

For these and other reasons, sale of foie gras has been banned in various countries around the world, and is staunchly opposed by animal rights activists.

The Animal Rescue Site has launched a petition to ban the industry nationwide, which can be found here.

“Allowing animals to be force fed until they die is a cruel and torturous practice, and needs to stop now,” the website reads.

Many vegan alternatives exist to foie gras. Have you tried one? Let us know in the comments below!

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