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The Complicated Truth About Foie Gras

Should you be eating foie gras... or nah? This is why NYC and some other cities and states have banned the controversial delicacy.

Foie gras is typically produced by force feeding ducks and geese over a period of weeks

New York City will join California in prohibiting the sale of foie gras. Most Foie gras is made of the liver of a duck or goose that's been fattened. It's produced through a process called “gavage” or also known as forced feeding. A metal tube is forced down the throat of ducks or geese to feed them with grain until their liver fattens to 10X its size. This leads to a chemical change within the liver, which creates a smooth texture. The animals are then slaughtered, and their liver is cooked into a pâté. The gavage can leave ducks too big to walk or breathe. Several times a day, they have a 10-inch metal pipe jammed down their throats.

Some cruelty concerns led the New York City Council to approve a ban —which takes effect in 2022. India, Israel, Britain, have banned the sale and production of foie gras. Whole Foods stopped selling the product in 1997. The bill calls the luxury good a "force-fed product" and, in a statement to CNN, councilwoman Carlina Rivera -- the prime sponsor of the bill -- called force-feeding an "inhumane practice."

But not all foie gras comes from force feeding. One farm in Spain makes it from the livers of wild geese that land there every autumn — they are not force-fed. He uses the word "sacrifice" to describe the killing of geese. “Here geese are eating, principally, acorn, and a lot of grass. And all this really helps them to develop more natural fat, grease. Because, every animal when the cold is coming, needs to accumulate a lot of fat in order to live normally actually.” Farmer Eduardo Sousa tells Brut. Cost of Foie gras is $220 per small jar.

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11/02/2019 1:58 PM

664 comments

  • Jagoda K.
    06/22/2021 20:03

    Go vegan !!!!

  • Frances O.
    06/07/2021 13:21

    I would rather eat a piece of cardboard than eat something which is so cruelly made. What is wrong with people and making animals suffer?

  • James M.
    06/03/2021 21:32

    Damn, no thanks haha

  • Claudia H.
    06/01/2021 21:14

    It has to be forbidden !!!!!! 😈😈😈😈😈😈😈

  • Daniel E.
    06/01/2021 15:27

    This obviously is too cruel. The free ranging geese are a different story.

  • Adriana D.
    05/28/2021 10:56

    ÎNGROZITOR..!!!

  • Cheryl B.
    05/25/2021 00:36

    I thought this had already been banned

  • Jenny J.
    05/21/2021 12:10

    Horrific and pure evil!😠😢

  • Casey Y.
    04/07/2021 04:10

    How about force feed migrant liver

  • Scott A.
    04/07/2021 03:10

    Yummm

  • Adam S.
    04/02/2021 21:05

    Disgusting

  • Shinderpal K.
    03/19/2021 08:42

    Very very bad please stop kill innocent animals God will send you hell for torching these bejuban bekasur beautiful animals

  • Kimmy G.
    03/17/2021 01:38

    Thats horrible

  • Ezio J.
    03/16/2021 06:12

    Someone would like to stay a stoppage and advance

  • Ry A.
    03/03/2021 05:07

    Those greedy human, need to be extinct

  • Vanessa P.
    02/21/2021 18:55

    Not only the method looks disgusting, but also that blob of 'meat' 🤢🤮 would never support this, absolutely outrageous! GO VEGAN ❤

  • Kirsty R.
    02/14/2021 18:25

    Hell no this is vile way beyond cruelty this is torture for these we souls and for what some fat greedy bastard No it should be banned no animal should suffer at the hands of man

  • Daniel D.
    02/07/2021 14:49

    How crazy thing is that.brutality on helpless animals

  • محمد ع.
    02/06/2021 04:58

    arab buat ok lagi. Haha

  • Michael H.
    01/29/2021 17:37

    All you stupid heartless assholes don’t care what torture they go through just so you can have a meal, you should be ashamed of yourself you idiots !!!