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European Lawmakers Come Forward to Support a Foie Gras Ban

European Lawmakers Come Forward to Support a Foie Gras Ban

A group of European lawmakers have joined an animal advocacy group to support a ban on the production and importation of foie gras across the European Union.

The group, Animal Equality, has been campaigning to stop the torture of ducks and geese that are still used in foie gras production in five countries, including Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Hungary and Spain, and was joined by eight MEPs at a conference last week supporting the ban.

“We want to help European consumers to open their eyes and ask the European Commission (for) a law” to ban not only the production but also the import and sale of foie gras, said MEP Andrea Zanoni in a statement.

The move to support a ban was prompted by bid by French producers to defend foie gras at the European parliament. French MEP Francoise Castex is reportedly unimpressed with California’s ban on foie gras that went into effect on July 1 and called it a “battle for Europe,” at a conference.

A ban is also opposed by Guillaume Garot, the French minister for the agri-food industry, who said that the French are doing all they can to improve animal welfare.

Unfortunately, the process of force-feeding birds large quantities of grain by shoving a tube down their esophagus’ and causing their livers to grow up to ten times their normal size will never be humane. California had years to find an alternative before the ban, but couldn’t come up with anything.

The practice has already been banned in Argentina, Austria, Denmark, Czech Republic, Finland, Israel, Turkey, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

A recent investigation of French facilities conducted by Animal Equality found birds kept in extreme confinement, blood stains on feeding tubes, rough handling by workers and birds who were clearly in distress and unable to move, while others were left to die without veterinary care. Yet, chefs and producers still argue that these animals don’t suffer.

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7:44AM PDT on May 1, 2013

No one in the right mind would ever order this exotic dish and eat it.

The sufferings of these geese are indescribable and horribly painful for them!

To these geese, Earth is nothing but a living hell for them !

4:25AM PDT on May 1, 2013

Petition signed! I have signed MANY petitions to get this vile, cruel practice and the sale of it banned. I too, have been in restaurants where I have seen FG on the menu, and made it known in no uncertain terms that I will not frequent such an establishment, and that I would be advertising the ghastly reason far and wide. This then followed up by a letter to the same effect, often copied to the restaurant's "head honcho".

I have also turned down dinner invitations due to the choice of venue having FG on the menu, and stated the reasons why.

A GLOBAL BAN is the aim......good luck to Animal Equality and to all animal advocates and activists across the world who are fighting for this - it can't come soon enough.

Oh, just before I go: to those of you who voted 'No', my dearest wish for you is that the next mouthful of foi gras you shovel into your gaping orifice will be your last.....hopefully it will stick in your throat and choke you, thereby nullifying any future need or desire for this product of cruelty.

10:39AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

This needs to be banned globally. And i hope it start with Europe starting the trend!

1:14PM PST on Nov 9, 2012

so horrible but thanks for sharing

7:15PM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Heartbreaking

7:15PM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

People who contribute to this practice, either by producing or eating foie gras are nothing more than barbarians


7:14PM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Good luck

7:14PM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Good luck

7:02PM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Good luck

7:01PM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Good luck

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