Chicago has become the first U.S. city to ban the sale of foie gras, the fatty liver of ducks and geese produced by force feeding. The city council passed the measure with a 48:1 vote. Effective in 90 days, food dispensing establishments, retail outlets and restaurants selling foie gras will be subject to a fine of up to $500 per day. In 2004, California became the first state to ban the sale and production of foie gras, but it will not go into effective until 2012. Other states considering legislation against foie gras are Illinois, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon. Countries that have taken action against foie gras include the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K. France, however, claims it to be part of its "cultural and gastronomic partimony." The Sun Times article tells of the politics involved in the Chicago ban.
1. Chicago Champions Foie Gras Prohibition
Just Food, April 27, 2006
2. A Better Luxury or Cruelty on a Plate?
ABC News, Rose Palazzolo, April 27, 2006
3. City Council Approves Foie Gras Ban
The Sun-Times Company, Fran Spielman, April 26, 2006