by Elizah Leigh
Categories: Animals, Eats, Film/TV
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Considered an incomparable, rich and silky-textured gourmet luxury that is well worth the major ka-ching, gourmands literally flock to foie gras, ooohing and ahhing over the melt-in-your-mouth experience. Those who actually consider how it’s made are not so quick to sing its praises. As far back as ancient Egypt, man realized that when ducks and geese are force-fed a boiled corn and fat mixture roughly four times daily via a process known as “gavage”, their resulting swollen livers (which are often 10 sizes bigger than normal, weighing as much as 10 ¼ to 14 ounces) can be used to create a pâté or used as the foundation for a decadent meal.

Oddly enough, it’s only been in recent years that humanity has acknowledged the inherent cruelty of the process and taken steps to change their ways. Despite far too many chefs still being more than happy to use foie gras (including Anthony Bourdain), global regions such as Norway, Germany, Israel, Poland, Great Britain and California/Chicago have banned it since the process by which it is obtained infringes on the welfare of the animals involved. Now, native Brit and Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet is working with PETA on behalf of these unfortunate industry victims by narrating a new, very disturbing behind-the-scenes video.

The gavage technique, which employs the use of a long metal tube placed directly down the throats of geese and ducks, often causes breathing difficulties, liver disease, the walls of the esophagus to become deeply scarred and necks to suffer from multiple punctures. Foodies who sincerely want to embrace a cruelty-free choice can now purchase Waitrose’s “Faux Gras” (using a mixture of goose and duck fat mixed with 50% free range poultry liver) or those who would like to eschew the animal factor altogether can make vegan versions instead, courtesy of NoFoieGras.org. Thank you Kate for bringing serious star power to what is equally as deserving of attention as any other animal rights issue.

  • Bencat1000

    What kind of sick mind would want to eat a diseased liver? Of course, people eat sick and diseased animals from industrial farms so why would a diseased liver be off their list of “food” choices.

    Disgusting….and people wonder why their health is in the toilet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=693312268 Jay’me Golden

    Abit of hyprocrisy on the bottom of this page was an ad advertising foi gras…they do not belong at this site…

    • http://www.yabookshelf.com Melissa

      I agree with you Jay’me that an add for foie gras (I didn’t see it today) would be really hypocritical of a site that espouses animal rights and environmentally friendly practices. I’m just not all that surprised that it would come from Ecorazzi. I do read some of it’s articles from time to time, but I find that they often celebrate every small enviro or veg initiative that a celeb takes, even if it means ignoring other aspects of the issue or the celeb’s lifestyle.

      I love Kate Winslet though and am glad that she’s using her voice to speak against foie gras.

      • http://www.yabookshelf.com Melissa

        Oops..I meant an ad. :)

  • Heath

    yep google ad for the stuff directly under the video :(

  • VeggieTart

    Um, what is cruelty-free about a mixture of goose and duck fat mixed with 50% free range poultry liver? That’s three species of animals dying for people’s palates.

  • http://www.babyganics.com/ Steve

    This is just plain cruelty to ducks. You make an animal eat something that it doesn’t want to eat is bad and then you kill it? wait there’s more, and then you will extract it’s innards? This is a sick idea.

  • http://www.le-foie-gras.eu/ le foie gras

    i think something is wrong. It’s not a diseased liver… it’s a “natural” behaviour for some geese and ducks. This video is crual but doesn’t represent reality in France. It’s only a rumor… What about chickens ?