Chef Ramsay is in the hot seat after an undercover video exposed some serious animal cruelty at a foie gras factory which supplies one of his restaurants.
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Pamela Anderson has written a letter to the chief executive of Fortnum & Mason, Ewan Venters, to try and persuade him to get rid of a certain controversial product in his stores!
That product is Foie Gras which is the swollen livers of force-fed geese!
Here's part of what Anderson's letter said:
Yesterday, July 1st, marked a great day for ducks all over.
California's ban on foie gras became official, meaning that restaurants in Cali can no longer serve fatty duck liver from force fed ducks to patrons.
But those in favor of the delicacy aren't laying down. Protests have continued to put pressure on the situation while restaurants had been stuffing customers' faces with foie gras up until yesterday's ban.
At least a few more ducks get to lead a happy life.
A foie gras ban is looming on the California horizon.
Foie gras, fatty duck liver, is a cruel delicacy, considered delicious by some and disgusting by us — and many other Californians as well.
They fatten up the ducks' livers by
Even though it's a great victory for animal rights activists, the California ban on foie gras only affects a small group.
Foie gras is not a widely popular dish, so there are certain foods that are much more popular and still cruel, making the effects of us eating them much more widespread.
The foods are:
1. Blue Fin Tuna - One of the most overfished sea creatures and a more popular food than foie fras.
2. Shark Fins - This has actually just recently been banned. Sharks are caught, their fins cut off and then they are dumped back into the ocean to die.
3. Palm Oil - Harvested from palm trees, this can lead to the destruction of rainforests and ruining of the habitats of the animals that live there.
4. Farmed Salmon - Not only is it awful when a creature is kept confined and mass bred but farmed salmon can have sea lice and other diseases.
5. Chocolate/Coffee - Not all chocolate and coffee is cruel, just the kind that comes from regions that use child slavery.
6. Feedlot Beef - Raising these animals as if they were just products, not living creatures, is appalling. They are often in tight conditions, methane builds ups (from the animals) can cause pollution and diseases like E. coli can spread.
7. Junk Food Marketed Directly To Children - With childhood obesity rates on the rise, the last thing we need is junk food being flung at our children.
8. Factory-Farmed Chicken - Large scale chicken farms can even be worse than the feedlot beef factories, with some chickens never actually moving outside of their cages.
So even though the foie gras battle is won, the animal cruelty war is far from over.
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A somewhat controversial ban has been enacted in California which will soon make it illegal to sell foie gras.
Foie gras is fattened goose or duck liver.
Animal rights activists have been saying for years that the way foie gras is prepared, by force feeding geese and ducks, is despicable and inhumane.
Though fans of foie gras in the food industry feel differently, one said:
"What’s being regulated here? You are denying people the food that people in some countries have been eating for generations. They don’t believe the process of fattening up the ducks or geese is painful to the ducks or geese. I’ve seen the videos, and everyone says the same thing: they all seem to run up to be fed."
A chef from a restaurant that serves foie gras said:
"I want people to have the freedom to eat what they want. Animal rights people would turn everyone into a vegan if they could. I don’t want animal rights people to tell me what to eat. Today it’s foie gras. Tomorrow it’s going to be chicken, or beef.
Foie gras is one of the greatest ingredients, a French delicacy. I was born and raised with foie gras. It’s like if you took kimchi away from the Korean people."
It's a tough battle because not all slaughter houses are the same. Maybe some geese are treated more than humanely, maybe others are tube feed then brutally killed.
A fan of foie gras said:
"The question is whether you believe that the killing of animals for food for people is acceptable. It’s a moral judgment. You have an ethical slippery slope here."
It will be interesting to see where this goes.
Maybe there will be prohibition style foie gras speakeasies.
Sounds gross to us though.
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New York's Do or Dine restaurant is under fire for adding the foie gras doughnut on their menu.
The dessert is a fritter filled with fatted goose liver and runs about $11 bucks.
Protestors are outraged over the doughnut claiming that "birds should not have to suffer for doughnuts." Over 650 people have signed a petition to stop the selling of the dessert.
Chef Justin Warner claims that he only makes about 30 doughnuts a week and will probably take the item off the menu eventually since it changes weekly. He adds, "we're not so attached to anything on the menu."
Sounds pretty gross and really unhealthy. Let's hope this doesn't become a trend.
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