The largest city in South America, Sao Paulo has officially banned the production and sale of foie gras in restaurants. Foie gras, a delicacy made from the fatty liver of force-fed ducks and geese has received a lot of flak from diners and animal rights campaigners over the years. Several countries, including Britain, Germany, Italy, Argentina, have banned its production though the sale of the pate is still allowed in most of them. Other countries like India have banned the import of foie gras into the country.
The fight against foie gras comes from concern over the suffering caused to the animals in the making of the delicacy.
“Foie gras is an appetizer for the wealthy. It does not benefit human health and to make it, the birds are submitted to a lot of suffering,” said City councilman Laercio Benko.
Sadly, not everyone is excited about the ban. Some chefs in the city have voiced their displeasure arguing that people shouldn’t be told how to eat. Nonetheless, the law will go into effect in 45 days and restaurants that don’t comply will be fined 5,000 reais ($1,611).
[Via – Time]