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Legislator wants to ban foie gras; Justin Brannan supports measure

February 4, 2019 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The cruelty that goes into producing pate de foie gras, or a pate made of the liver of a fattened goose, is no joke, and that’s why one Manhattan legislator wants to ban it.

Councilmember Carlina Rivera (D-Manhattan) told the New York Post that her bill to make sales of the costly pate illegal is “common sense” because the production process is “egregious.”

To produce foie gras, which means “fatty liver” in French, ducks and geese are force-fed by sticking tubes down their throats, according to the Post. Animal rights activists say this is inhumane.

Brooklyn Councilmember Justin Brannan (D-Bay Ridge) backs Rivera’s bill.

“Don’t tell me you’re a fan of the Central Park Mandarin duck [a rare duck often admired by tourists and other visitors], but you think foie gras is OK,” Brannan told the Post. “Force-feeding a bird for the sole purpose of making it sick to create some bizarre delicacy is gruesome and inhumane.”

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