New York City Votes to Ban Foie Gras

October 31, 2019

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Following the lead of the state of California on Wednesday, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to ban the sale of foie gras in the city over animal cruelty concerns, despite the fact that it's served in over 1,000 Big Apple restaurants. The legislation, which will take effect in 2022, was not without its detractors. “New York is the mecca of dining in the world. How is it possible that New York doesn’t have foie gras?” one prominent restaurateur told The New York Times. “What’s next? No more veal? No more mushrooms?” Making foie gras involves inserting tubes into a duck's throat for a 20-day feeding regimen that swells their livers to up to 10 times their normal size. The procedure, known as gavage, can leave ducks too big to walk or even breathe before they're slaughtered.

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