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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.

Brut.

11/02/2019 1:58 PM

657 comments

  • Steven B.
    16 hours

    Bastard fucking people

  • Ettena K.
    3 days

    No no no this is horrible 😭

  • Amina Y.
    3 days

    Those who eat this n do this will go to Hell.. 😡

  • Amanda B.
    4 days

    That is disgusting and anyone who eats that should be ashamed

  • Starklund P.
    6 days

    Hope God Punish human scum soon😡😡😡😡

  • Maria M.
    6 days

    😭😭😭💔💔💔

  • Erika S.
    6 days

    This makes me so angry!

  • Ida L.
    6 days

    MONSTERS🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

  • Nidhi V.
    7 days

    Plz be vegetarian. Everyone has right to live.

  • Marilyn H.
    10/24/2020 03:49

    I pray this stops in Jesus name

  • Marilyn H.
    10/24/2020 03:48

    Sickening people

  • Marilyn H.
    10/24/2020 03:48

    This is fucked up stop

  • Marie B.
    10/23/2020 11:22

    Npn non non non non 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

  • Alexander R.
    10/22/2020 19:17

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1894569/ Foie gras can also be amyloidogenic, thus, harmful for predisposed people

  • Sofia L.
    10/22/2020 06:31

    How tf can people willingly eat processed meat, knowing how it’s treated, exposed to and made with a clear conscious? Not one aspect of this is healthy. One reason why I became vegan.

  • Shanti N.
    10/22/2020 00:10

    Ducks and geese!!!

  • Deborah G.
    10/21/2020 19:08

    God will have his revenge on all of these people doing barbaric practices to his precious animals. 🙏🙌🙏🙌🙏🙌🙏🙌🙏🙌🙏🙌🙏

  • Elizabeth A.
    10/21/2020 15:41

    Absolutely sickening 😡

  • Alexander R.
    10/21/2020 13:16

    Disgusting

  • Katie L.
    10/20/2020 14:59

    Horrific 😡never eaten it & it should be banned from all restaurants. Vile 😢

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