Berkeley Applauds Foie Gras-Free Eateries

By Jessica Greene
|  Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009  |  Updated 10:15 AM PDT
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Berkeley Applauds Foie Gras-Free Eateries

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Geese can breathe a little easier thanks to Berkeley's decision Tuesday night.

Another city has joined the move against foie gras.

Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday night in favor of a resolution that supports the city's position against the purchase of the dish.

Foie gras is French for "fat liver" and is made from the liver of a duck or goose.  It's controversial because of the method used to produce the delicacy.

"The importance of this item is to raise awareness of the really inhumane practice of force-feeding geese and ducks to create foie gras," Berkeley Councilmember Jesse Arreguin said, according to DailyCal .

The East Bay city is not the first to enact a resolution of this sort. San Francisco also sided with geese when it passed a similar resolution in March.

The resolutions come in advance of state law that will begin banning the fatty duck or goose liver in three years.

Several other countries have also made the move against the dish. The Web site banfoiegras.com lists those countries as:

  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Holland
  • Israel
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Chicago enacted a ban on the dish in 2006 but reversed it after two years.
 

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