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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

662 comments

  • Luci L.
    12/22/2020 23:37

    Hello police can you cut off facebook page please thanks

  • Mapagero L.
    12/20/2020 11:24

    Never eaten and will never do

  • Kiyan H.
    12/18/2020 08:19

    💔

  • Lillar B.
    12/09/2020 19:46

    Oh hell no what madness people doing to these poor animals I hope one day animals will do u the same. Just wait and see

  • Sharon S.
    12/03/2020 11:11

    Dirty bastards no need

  • Paul P.
    12/02/2020 22:27

    Cruelty to animals the poor bloody ducks ,and I am not a bleeding heart liberal vegetarian before any one says anything , I just think they should have a decent life before we eat them

  • Rachel E.
    11/14/2020 21:51

    I don't understand why banning animal Cruelty is taking years... They can ban it now. If they really wanted to. Been vegan is the. Eat way forward. For you and the animals.

  • Suzanne S.
    11/14/2020 17:40

    To them self a pope in there trothe! Monsters!

  • Nitin L.
    11/13/2020 14:11

    People don't care about this world only profit exist, money is more important than life, this is the world today...

  • Jay A.
    11/04/2020 18:24

    Disgusting and cruel who would like something shoved down their neck lack of morals and lack of heart

  • Bobby B.
    11/04/2020 05:08

    very ugly

  • Jutta S.
    11/02/2020 19:27

    Danke helfen. Bitte stoppen quälen.

  • Julie V.
    11/02/2020 18:11

    Evil vile disgusting scum all for money hope the men that do this get help hope that they sleep at night.

  • Anshika M.
    10/31/2020 07:45

    Force feeding is definitely cruel, but even if you are not force feeding, the Animal will still get killed in the end. Is that not cruelty ?? The only way to stop this cruelty is to stop consuming animal products and Go Vegan !!

  • Steven B.
    10/30/2020 12:47

    Bastard fucking people

  • Ettena K.
    10/28/2020 15:28

    No no no this is horrible 😭

  • Amina Y.
    10/28/2020 14:01

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

  • Amanda B.
    10/26/2020 18:35

    That is disgusting and anyone who eats that should be ashamed

  • Starklund P.
    10/25/2020 08:41

    Hope God Punish human scum soon😡😡😡😡

  • Maria M.
    10/25/2020 03:59

    😭😭😭💔💔💔

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