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Humane foie gras?


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Humane foie gras?

Stanley Stephan | Sep 27, 2002 01:19 AM

I know this has the potential for a major flame, political debate. I am asking up front to please not do that. If it starts, I would ask the Chowhound team to remove this thread.

I would really like to know if anyone produces humane foie gras? If so, what is your proof?

That is the subject I'd like to stick to.

I had foie gras for the first time this year. It was really delicious. However, until today I had no clue that it could be a source of major suffering to animals.

By coincidence after reading the NY thread on Foie Gras which referenced cruelty, I picked up SF magazine which had a letter to the editor about cruelty to geese and foie gras.

Anyone who follows my posts knows I do a pretty fair job of searching on the web. After much searching, I could not find any articles on humane production of foie gras with the exception of a few companies that sell foie gras. One of them was raided by the New York police and charged with cruelty to animals.

It seems that the French position is that if you eat any animal, you can't point fingers. While that is true, that is not what this question is about.

I've found very little in the main stream press. The BBC had one article. The article from in the link below, is the nicest and least political. The duck in the picture looks that way because of it's liver. I've purposely didn't include any articles from PETA, vegetarian organizations or other animal rights activists, as they have their own agenda. if you are interested in that point of view, There are over 10,000 hits on the web. And NOTHING about humane treatment.

Here's the BBC article as well. The white thing at the end of the funnel is the goose's throat. These were the nicest articles I could find.

The restaurant I had this at is extremely ethical serving organic meat and wild fish. I might just take the suggestion of one organization and write a letter to the owner about the foie gras. I'd appreciate any heads up so I can ask if they are using a humane source if there is such a thing.

I have to say, I am really stunned by this.



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