If you’re a foodie, you might be tempted to seek out a sample of the culinary French delicacy foie gras. Literally translated, “foie gras” means “fatty liver,” an unhealthy condition that’s inflicted on them by the producers of this expensive product.
What those producers won’t tell you is that ducks and geese must undergo cruel treatment and torturous force-feeding in order to create this delicacy for restaurants and chefs.
Former James Bond star Roger Moore has created the sad video below with the help of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, to show the public how birds are force-fed through long tubes to fatten their livers, a procedure that gives the birds a liver disease similar to cirrhosis in humans.
According to the Center for Media Democracy, “fattened goose liver sells for around a hundred Euros a pound in France, and more during the holidays. Foie gras farms, and the force-feeding of the birds is so cruel that many countries around the world have banned it, including Israel, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
“In 2004 California Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger signed a bill prohibiting the production and sale of foie gras in the state of California. But many restaurants still serve it, including the Belgian fast food chain Quick, which will be offering its French customers a hamburger served with a slice of foie gras in the days leading up to Christmas.
“Quick notwithstanding, Moore’s video has had some success. It persuaded British department store Harvey Nichols to remove foie gras from its fancy restaurant menu.”
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