New York City to ban foie gras

epa05808602 Ducks are caged before being transported to a slaughterhouse to eradicate the epidemic of avian influenza at the farm of Hazard in Saint-Aubin, France, 22 February 2017. The 360,000 ducks still alive in the Landes, the first national producer of foie gras, will be slaughtered in order to eradicate the epidemic. EPA/CAROLINE BLUMBERG

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New York City has decided to ban the sale of foie gras, prompting the country’s largest producer of foie gras to vow to mount a court battle to overturn it.

Foie gras, French for “fatty liver,” is a delicacy produced from the enlarged livers of ducks and geese that have been force-fed corn.

Animal rights groups contend that the force-feeding process is painful and gruesome. Farmers who raise birds for foie gras defend their practices as humane.

The New York City Council voted 42-6 to “ban the sale or provision of certain force-fed poultry products” beginning in 2022, imposing a fine between $500 and $2,000 for each violation.

Via Reuters

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