Foie Gras [French for "fatty liver"] is banned by PETA [People for the Treatment of Animals], and other animal advocacy groups. This food item, considered a delicacy by many is the controversial force feeding of geese with more food they would normally consume at one-seating in the wild. Food critics say the process is almost as grotesque as its price on restaurant menus.
PETA & Anti-Foie Gras
According to PETA, two to three times a day, farmers pump up to 2 pounds of grain into the birds' stomachs, via metal pipes forced down their throats, Considered by many as an inhumane, this procedure causes the bird's livers to swell up to almost 10 time their normal size. In many cases, the pipes puncture the geese' throats, and that much food can actually rupture their stomachs and internal organs causing fatalities.
Major companies—including Aramark, Costco, FreshDirect, Postmates, Target, and Whole Foods—have stopped selling foie gras, and world-renowned chefs Wolfgang Puck and the late Charlie Trotter removed it from their menus.
PETA also notes that foie gras production is so cruel, it's been banned in several countries as well as the state of California.
The California Ban
In January, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the foie gras industry's latest challenge to California's ban against the French delicacy, leaving intact a ruling issued by a Pasadena-based appeals panel.
The state law went into effect in 2012, banning the sale of foie gras, but it was challenged in Los Angeles federal court by an association of foie gras producers in New York and Canada, who argued that the measure was vaguely written and interfered with state commerce.
PETA stepped in applauding the high court's decision. “The food industry has failed to end the ban on the sale of foie gras, which is made from tormented birds' diseased livers and the production of which late 9th Circuit Judge Harry Pregerson — one of the members of the three-judge panel who had heard the case in 2017 — explicitly stated is ‘absolutely cruel,’” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement.
The late Chef Anthony Bourdain and chef/writer Michael Ruhlman have been in support of foie gras production when the geese are humanely treated, and stated that the footage seen in the videos of critics is cruel but that no reputable chef would buy such product.
So, readers are you foie gras diners? If so, what is your thoughts on its controversy. Please comment below with as to your culinary experience with this delicacy. Pro or con?
Primary Source: PETA