Foie gras banned in California starting July 2012

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There are less than 8 months from the total ban on foie gras in the US state of California: starting from July 2012 the provision that officially declares the system of breeding and forced feeding of geese and ducks (gavage), born in 2004 when the governor of California was Arnold Schwarzenegger, will ban serving food in restaurants and selling it in commercial establishments to consumers. A long journey made up of appeals, appeals and petitions that lasted 8 years, but that the supporters of the law that points the finger at the brutality of the mechanism that forces animals to unnatural nourishment have carried out with commitment and dedication, up to win their battle .



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There are less than 8 months from total ban on foie gras in the US state of California: starting from July 2012 the provision that officially declares "immoral "the system of breeding and forced feeding of geese and ducks (gavage), born in 2004 when the governor of California was Arnold Schwarzenegger, will prohibit serving the food in restaurants and selling it in commercial establishments to consumers. A long journey made up of appeals, appeals and petitions that lasted 8 years, but that the supporters of the law that points the finger at the brutality of the mechanism that forces animals to unnatural nourishment have carried out with commitment and dedication, up to win their battle .



Perhaps Sir also contributed to this success Roger Moore, baronet of Her British Majesty and the face of 007 in seven films about the most famous secret agent in the history of cinema, or that of Kate Winslet testimonial Peta against this cruel dish, or the courageous gesture of the activist Peta who had changed his name in Miss StopFortnumAndMasonFoieGrasCrueltyDotcom. Or the Scientific Report of the European Commission 1998, which explains how foie gras is nothing more than “the sick liver of a bird suffering from fatty liver disease” and which judges gavage negatively. The fact is that in California the practice of fatty liver, enlarged, unnaturally infected by human-induced overfeeding in geese will disappear forever.

Unfortunately, the consensus is not unanimous and restaurateurs and lovers of the French "specialty" protest. Thus, Ludo Lefebvre, chef of a famous Los Angeles restaurant staged a provocative gesture of protest against the law, organizing two themed evenings entirely dedicated to the dish, from first courses to desserts. "The animal rights activists would like us to be vegetarians, but people need to be able to eat whatever they want," the cook told the New York Times.

Who knows if all the customers who stormed the restaurant to attend the event knew that to produce foie gras geese are relegated from the earliest months of age to dark sheds where they are coercively fed with a metal tube down their throat which upon insertion can cause injury, infection, inflammation and, worse, death from choking and neck perforation. But it is the only way to ensure that the grain mixture can directly and forcibly reach the esophagus. After only a few weeks, if not suffocated during the "treatment", their livers increase in size up to 10 times more than normal, causing the poor unfortunate dyspnea, diarrhea, breathing and movement difficulties. Yep, because “Foie gras is a disease, not a delicacy“, as Moore has repeatedly explained.



Yet supporters of foie gras continue to argue unreasonably, like lawyer Tom Feher, that "these animals are not mistreated". “They are banning for no reason a food that people have eaten for generations,” explains Marion Nestle, defining the Californian measure excessively harsh. Chef Roland Passot, of La Folie adds: “We eat meat and raise geese to be eaten. We don't raise them to become pets ”.



Affirmations that really leave us stunned and that make our guts gnaw.

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