York City councillor, Paul Blanchard (who recently tried to get the inhumane 'delicacy' of foie gras banned in the City of York), now has a petition and website to demand a UK ban on the sale of foie gras.
Foie gras is the liver of force-fed ducks and geese. To produce it, at 12 weeks old the birds are restrained and grain is forced down the throat through a pipe, a process that often results in physical injury. A massive quantity of food is forced into the birds, so that their livers are swollen to 6-10 times normal size; which makes movement and breathing difficult, as well as causing other health problems. EU research shows that force feeding leads to severe liver damage, great pain, and high mortality rates.The force-feeding of geese is already explicitly outlawed in many countries. UK law is inconsistent: existing animal cruelty laws prohibit production in the UK; but as the sale is still permitted, birds still suffer to satisfy UK demand, albeit in other countries, as the foie gras is imported.
After their 9th article regarding foie gras and local coucillor Paul Blanchard's petition to the Prime Minister and York MP, Hugh Bayley's EDM (Early Day Motion), calling upon MP's to support the ban of the sale of the dish in the UK, the York Press pose the question..