No More Foie Gras in Strasbourg – Home of EU Parliament  Bans Cruelly Produced Pâté From Official Events  

 

No More Foie Gras in Strasbourg – Home of EU Parliament  Bans Cruelly Produced Pâté From Official Events  

London – After hearing from PETA France about the cruelty of foie gras production, Mayor of Strasbourg Jeanne Barseghian confirmed her decision to stop serving the cruelly produced pâté at all official city events – a significant move for a city once known as the foie gras capital of France.

The tide is fast turning against foie gras, including in France, where notable French chefs are refusing to serve it. Some are even creating faux gras recipes: Michelin-starred chef Alexis Gauthier’s vegan version is made from mushrooms and walnuts.

“Cruelty to geese and ducks has no place in modern society, and PETA thanks the mayor of Strasbourg for her compassionate decision to stop serving vile foie gras,” says PETA Vice President of International Programmes Mimi Bekhechi. “Torture doesn’t belong on dining tables – faux gras is the way forward.”

PETA notes that in foie gras production, workers force-feed geese and ducks by shoving metal tubes down their throats and pumping grain and fat into their stomachs several times a day in a barbaric process known as “gavage”. This causes their livers to swell to up to 10 times their natural size, pressing against the birds’ lungs and making it hard for them to breathe. PETA exposés have revealed that the feeding pipes leave some birds so badly injured that they have holes in their necks. This process is so cruel that the EU’s Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare recommends that the “force-feeding of ducks and geese should stop and this could be best achieved by the prohibition of the production, importation, distribution and sale of foie gras”.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or follow the group on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

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