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New York City bans foie gras

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/31/19, 10:49 am

Roughly 1,000 New York restaurants that offer foie gras—the fattened liver of a duck or goose—will likely have to strike the dish from their menus. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign a bill banning the sale of the French delicacy after the New York City Council passed it on Wednesday.

What’s the problem with liver? Raising ducks with fatty livers involves force-feeding them through a throat tube, a process animal welfare activists argue is cruel. The law imposes fines of up to $2,000 for those who sell foie gras after 2022. Until then, restaurants might want to stock up. When Chicago passed a foie gras ban in 2006, chefs reported a surge in demand until the law took effect.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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    Posted: Thu, 10/31/2019 03:06 pm

    I'd have to agree with that call. I have no problem with breeding and raising animals for food, but inflicting a great deal of extra misery on them just to make a particular delicacy is indeed cruel. Good stewardship of God's creation means having regard for all the life He has made. Humans have and should emphasize our elevated importance, but a godly attitude from such a status all the more cares for the lowest creatures.

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Thu, 10/31/2019 03:50 pm

    This is hilarioius! So, the city that celebrates the, essentially, legalization of infanticide, feels a moral conviction about force-feeding ducks or geese. Really? Is this a satire piece?

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Fri, 11/01/2019 12:55 am

    I don't care for duck's liver (sorry, I can't speak French) nor do I have a particular affinity for dining in NYC so, for me, this is a yawner. Now let me go grab dinner at my local Chick-fil-A.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 11/07/2019 02:58 pm

    Yeah, I suppose cruelty to geese is wrong. 

    But I still laugh (or shake my head in disgust) at NYC making this a priority over so many other pressing issues.