In the UK it is sold in high end stores and restaurants and seen by many as a real treat.
The fact is though that for the animals concerned it is far from a treat and is prolonged suffering, disease and injury.
Most people have heard of foie gras and many people are aware that it has a poor reputation when it comes to animal welfare but recently I learned much more about its production because of a new campaign.
The charity Animal Equality are pushing for a ban on importation of this product on ethical grounds.
The chicks are sorted by sex as they hatch and the females are either crushed to death or burned to death immediately.
Apparently they do not grow big enough to be profitable to rear.Those surviving the hell of gavage are slaughtered and their massive livers taken to sell as a highly-sought after delicacy.It’s absolutely indefensible to produce something at such a cost to the animals’ welfare.home,page-template,page-template-full_width,page-template-full_width-php,page,page-id-15250,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-title-hidden,qode-theme-ver-9.5,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-4.12,vc_responsive Award-winning journalist, producer and director Hannah Storm is a pioneer in the field of sports broadcasting for women, a published author, an advocate for children suffering from debilitating vascular birthmarks, and most importantly, a mother of three.Storm joined ESPN in 2008, where she is co-host of the weekday edition of Sports Center and host of Sports Center Sunday Morning during the NFL season.In addition to her current role at ESPN, Storm has co-hosted the network’s The Sports Reporters as well as contributed reports to E:60 and Outside the Lines.She is also an original member of the Board of Advisors for espn W.In fact if they were gavaged for even a few days longer the mortality rate rises sharply.The procedure balances them on the edge of death until slaughter.It is seen by some as a great French tradition but now more and more it is being seen as a national shame.Some producers will tell you that in migratory birds like geese a fatty liver prior to migration is normal so it’s all fine. Those that do migrate have livers about twice the normal size, not 10 times larger.