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Duck liver, or foie gras, is a delicacy that requires the liver of geese or ducks. The controversy of this dish centers on the ducks (or sometimes geese) being closed up in tiny cages and fed through metal tubes. The liver of the duck then increases multiple times in size, and can cause the animals great pain. This practice has been deemed cruel by critics, and banned in India and other countries. The process animals undergo for this dish is currently a controversial topic that is being challenged in other territories around the world.
India Becomes One of the First
Details of the process behind foie gras were brought to the public eye, and campaigns against animal cruelty and inhumane practices ensued. This highly controversial duck dish was being marketed in high end restaurants in India. The ban has made India one of the first countries to enforce a restriction on a dish that has been accurately described as “gloomy goose.” India’s ban includes importing, selling and producing.
Foie Gras Banned: International Reaction
Other countries have investigated cruelty charges with foie gras. The dish has consequently been banned in Israel and countries in Europe. Whether the charges against the dish will motivate other countries to initiate a similar ban remains to be seen.