Ban Foie Gras?

Paul Blanchard, an entrepreneur and a Labour councillor in York, has asked me to promote his campaign to ban foie gras:

“Hi, would you do me a favour please? I’m trying to get foie gras banned; it’s liver of force-fed ducks and geese – a so-called ‘delicacy’. It’s inhumane – their liver expands to 10 times its natural size, they can’t walk, they can’t breathe properly – it’s basically torturing the poor birds just to produce this ‘luxury’ food. I’ve set up a website www.stopbirdtorture.com with an online petition to Tony Blair asking him to ban it – I would be grateful if you would not only sign it, but email your friends and ask them to sign it too. It goes without saying that the more signatures we get, the more likely a ban will be. Any queries, please do drop me a line. Many thanks, Paul.”

If you interested you can find out more at Paul’s www.stopbirdtorture.com site (be prepared for disturbing pictures and videos).

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Stuart Bruce

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  1. The City of Chicago was recently the first city in the United States to outlaw the sale of Foie Gras. The ban has been ridiculed and even Mayor Daley has downplayed its importance, saying that the city council should focus on more important issues.

    And unfortunately, it is a fairly weak measure, as restaurants found a loophole in the ordinance. Some are now offering it is a "free" dish at the side, so as not to "sell" it.

    But I guess it's a start.

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