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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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