Chicago City Council prohibits restaurants from selling foie gras
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Chicago City Council prohibits restaurants from selling foie gras

Associated Press
Published April 26, 2006, 6:38 PM CDT

CHICAGO -- The Chicago City Council approved a measure Wednesday prohibiting restaurants from selling foie gras, the goose liver delicacy.

Alderman Joe Moore sponsored the ordinance on the grounds that it is inhumane to force-feed geese. He defended the measure from those who argued that politicians have better things to do than telling diners what they can and cannot eat.

"Our city is better for taking a stance against the cruelty of foie gras," Moore said.

Rich and buttery, foie gras, pronounced fwah-GRAH and French for "fat liver," often is served sliced and pan-seared, frequently with fruit or atop greens or a cut of steak or veal.

To fatten the liver of waterfowl, a tube is inserted into their throats twice a day and partially cooked corn is pumped down the esophagus.

California is the only state to vote to ban the force-feeding of birds to produce the gourmet liver product, passing a measure that would end the practice by 2012.

More than a dozen countries, mostly in Europe, have banned production of the delicacy on the grounds of cruelty. But in France, foie gras has been declared "part of the cultural and gastronomic patrimony, protected in France."

Copyright 2006, The Associated Press

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