Good news for the birds! Strasbourg, the European capital, will no longer serve foie gras at official events
Today, on this World Day Against Foie Gras, we have great news for geese and ducks. After hearing PETA France talk about the cruelty of foie gras production, Strasbourg Mayor Jeanne Barseghian confirmed her decision to stop serving the cruelly produced pâté at all official city events – an important victory for a city once known as the French capital of foie gras.
What is so bad about fatty liver?
To produce fatty liver, workers grab ducks and geese by the necks, push metal pipes down their throats, and pump massive amounts of grain and fat into their stomachs several times a day in a barbaric process known as name “force-feeding” until their liver swells to swell. up to 10 times their natural size, pressing against their lungs and making it difficult for them to breathe. The PETA revelations have revealed that the feed pipes leave some birds so badly injured that they have holes in their necks.
This process is so cruel that the EU’s Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Welfare recommends that “force-feeding of ducks and geese stop and this could be better achieved by banning production, the import, distribution and sale of foie gras. ”.
Vegan alternatives are readily available
Even in France, where foie gras is part of the gastronomic and cultural heritage of the nation, the tide is turning. Great French chefs refuse to serve it and create decadent faux fat recipes, like the 100% vegan version made with mushrooms and nuts from starred chef Alexis Gauthier.
What you can do for birds
It is illegal to force-feed birds in the UK, and yet it is still perfectly legal for a force-feeding product to be sold here. Sign our petition urge the government to meet UK animal welfare standards by banning the import and sale of foie gras: