The Chicago City Council is currently considering legislation that would ban the sale of foie gras and prevent restaurants in the city from serving it. If passed, it would be the first city in the
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Polls reveal that nearly 80% of Americans oppose the production of foie gras. Foie gras is produced by force-feeding ducks until their livers reach 10 times their normal size. For a period of two to four weeks, once the duck has reached 12 weeks of age, a metal tube is inserted down the throat of the duck several times each day, through which food is forced in. The ducks are slaughtered once their weight gain, brought on in such a brief period of time, has been maximized. As NoFoieGras.org points out, necroscopies of ducks from these farms have revealed such medical problems as extreme obesity, impaction of food in the esophagus, throat lacerations and breakage or detachment of beaks.
The argument for the continued sale of foie gras is mainly that it is unfair to tell people what they can or cannot eat, particular if it tastes good. Some proponents have even mentioned that the practice is not cruel because the birds lack a gag reflex, taking the stand that inserting the tube does not cause the ducks pain. The lack of a gag reflex does not prevent a duck from death by choking (caution: explicit image) on an excess of impacted food.
A vote could be taken as soon as December 14th, with the ban to go into effect 30 days following its approval.
[Image from NoFoieGras.org]