The Belgian capital prohibits force-feeding of ducks and geese.
In a move to follow other countries and states that have banned foie gras, Brussels is now outlawing the cruel practice of force-feeding ducks and geese. By doing this, Brussels is hoping the set a standard that other, surrounding cities will soon follow.
Since 1997, half of the countries that were producing foie gras are no longer making it. In fact, only five countries still make the delicacy: Belgium, Romania, Spain, France and Hungary. Other European countries that have banned this unethical practice include the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Turkey, and the UK. And in the US, the state of California banned the production of foie gras in 2004 and the law took effect in 2012.
Why is the production of foie gras considered cruel? It is attained through the process of force-feeding corn to ducks or geese in order to achieve an overly fattened liver. They are force-fed until their livers are 10 times the normal size. Brussels’ Secretary of State of Animal Welfare, Bianca Debaets said, “Force-feeding boils down to torture. I cannot permit it.”
In addition, animal rights groups such as APRL, IDA and PETA have spoken out against the production of foie gras. PETA has said this practice is cruel and should be stopped with celebrity chefs Curtis Stone, Wolfgang Puck and Albert Roux speaking out against it. Other celebrities who have condemned foie gras include Sir Roger Moore, Ralph Fiennes, Pamela Anderson, Ricky Gervais, Kate Winslet, Twiggy, Brigitte Bardot, and many others.
Comedian Ricky Gervais said, “It is upsetting that the trading of this food simply keeps the high demand for this unnecessary torture.” Simply put, the control is in the hands of the consumer. If you choose not to purchase foie gras, it will force a decline in production.
Let’s hope other countries and cities follow suit and ban the unethical production of foie gras!
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