Hudson Valley Foie Gras: More Humane or Just the Same? (Video)
Foie gras is one food item that people are crazy about. Chefs and foodies tend to love it. Ethical eaters and animal rights activists absolutely hate it. The state of California has even outright banned the sale and production of the delicacy.
In a sworn affidavit before the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, veterinarian Bruce Feldmann described the liver disease of three ducks he examined who were reportedly taken from a California foie gras farm: "[T]hese animals suffered from various diseases, including hepatic lipidosis and possibly hepatic encephalopathy, which were brought on directly by the force feeding process they were subjected to."
When functioning normally, the liver processes fats and filters toxins. Hepatic encephalopathy is damage to the brain caused by toxins in the blood that are not filtered as they would normally be by a healthy liver.
While there are some examples of free-range foie gras, there is little doubt that force-feeding an animal cannot be considered humane: even the actual feeding is not hurting the duck. At the end of the day, it comes to down chefs and consumers as to whether the the product is worth another beings pain. How do you feel about foie gras? Weigh in below.
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