New York will ban restaurants and grocery stores from selling foie gras after the bill was passed by the City Council on Wednesday. Mayor Bill de Blasio's office confirmed to CNN in an e-mail that he would sign the bill.
The ban takes place in the midst of increasing control of foie gras. The bill calls the luxury item a "force-fed product," and in a statement to CNN, city councilor Carlina Rivera – the main sponsor of the bill – called force-feeding an "inhumane practice."
I am pleased that the Council has decided to pass this historic law to ban the sale of these special force-fed animal products, Rivera said.
And for those who try to sell the item despite the ban? You will face a fine of more than $ 2,000 per violation.
This is not the first foie gras ban.
Foie gras has long been controversial.
2, the California Foie Gras ban came into force just to lift the 2015 ban. Then, in 2017, the ban was confirmed by a Circuit Court judge – a ruling confirmed by the Supreme Court in January 2019.
The history of Chicago with the ban is almost as turbulent. The City Council of Chicago passed the ban in 2006 and lifted it two years later.
What makes foie gras so controversial is the preparation method. Produced from fattened duck or goose liver, foie gras has long been considered a French delicacy – so much so that the country has protected it as part of French heritage. But the product is made by force-feeding ducks, a practice that many people, such as the Councilor Rivera, have found disconcerting.
The debate about foie gras, broken down
The court is not without its defender. Foie Gras producers and supporters argue that the process is not as abusive as people think – ducks are stuffed with food as part of their migration travels. They argue that ducks do not suffer when forced to prepare foie gras. In addition, ducks always swallow their food as a whole and their esophagus is stretchy.
The videos of the really vile foie gras production plants are a minority of the entire foie gras production, advocates argue. And when you take ducks off the diet, their livers return to normal. No damage, no foul.
Critics, however, do not believe this – they argue that force-feeding things is cruelty to animals and that the practice causes liver damage.
Anthony Bourdain defended Foie Gras on his show "No Reservations" and said: "In the pay-per-view movie on the hotel channel, you see it worse – and that's people, for God's sake."
Others did it There are far worse practices in the food industry than foie gras, which are far from being so heavily criticized. Cook's Naomi Pomeroy's restaurant, Beast in Portland, Oregon, hosted a 2010 Foie Gras protest. She said the demonstrators' facts were "seriously wrong" and argued that the factory farms were actually worse.
"Really, bigger ones are having better fights," she said.