I’ve been asked if I’d let you know about a campaign to ban foie gras. I remember reading that Chicargo did this last year.
Anyway here’s what I’ve been asked to put to you:
Paul Blanchard, who is a Labour councillor in York, has set up a campaign web site to try and ban foie gras. Foie gras is a food ‘delicacy’ – the liver of force-fed ducks and geese. To produce it, at 12 weeks old the birds are restrained and grain is forced down the throat through a pipe, a process that often results in physical injury. A massive quantity of food is forced into the birds, so that their livers are swollen to 6-10 times normal size; which makes movement and breathing difficult, as well as causing other health problems. EU research shows that force feeding leads to severe liver damage, great pain, and high mortality rates.
Take a look at this three minute clip to learn more:
The force-feeding of geese is already explicitly outlawed in many countries. UK law is inconsistent: existing animal cruelty laws prohibit production in the UK; but as the sale is still permitted, birds still suffer greatly to satisfy UK demand, albeit in other countries, as the foie gras is imported.
Please visit http://www.banfoiegras.org.uk/ and sign the petition to Tony Blair to try and get this inhumane food banned.