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Old 06-21-2006, 06:19 AM   #11
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I think the following reference sums the process up fairly well:


Basically the geese or ducks are force fet by putting a tube down their gullets and pushing food in the stomachs, which are expanded by the volume.

We have no problem eating foie gras, and really enjoy it.

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Old 06-21-2006, 07:04 AM   #12
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I do not judge the people who eat it. From what I know of the process (pretty much what auntdot just explained) I do have a problem with it's production though. It is animal cruelty as far as I am concerned.

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Old 06-21-2006, 03:18 PM   #13
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While I'm a carnivore, I definitely draw the line at meat products that are produced with added stress or abuse to the animal providing the end product.

For me that DEFINITELY inlcudes both foie gras & veal.

I can't believe that meatlovers everywhere can't enjoy themselves without forcefeeding geese & ducks, &/or caging/chaining calves just for some minor gustatory luxury.
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Old 06-21-2006, 03:23 PM   #14
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Well, I don't have a dog in this game, either. Don't like the stuff.
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Old 06-21-2006, 03:26 PM   #15
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Remember Tony Bourdain's excellent show on the Food Network?

Well, it had a VERY graphic depiction of how (in France) geese (ducks?) are forcefed through the funnels to grossly and unnaturally distend their livers (have you ever seen the size of a piece of fois gras?). They looked like they had tracheotomies. And that's the way they lived their whole lives.

Not that I was ever a big fan of fois gras, but I decided then and there not to eat it again unless I was assured that the birds were not treated in the grotesque way I witnessed on the show.

I believe that the Hudson Valley people claim to produce it in a more humane way, but I'm not sure.

But that's just my decision.
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Old 06-21-2006, 04:00 PM   #16
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The ducks and geese that produce foie gras have a natural predisposition to overeat. They are fed and they produce an oversize fatty liver which is foie gras and absolutely food of the gods when prepared.
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Old 06-22-2006, 07:18 PM   #17
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Thanks for the info. I was wondering as well. You never really know if what you hear is just rumors.

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