Sao Paulo bans sale, pro­duc­tion of foie gras

The China Post - - LIFE -

Din­ers in Sao Paulo soon will bid farewell to foie gras un­der a new law that will bar restau­rants in one of South Amer­ica’s gas­tro­nom­i­cal hubs from serv­ing the lux­ury ap­pe­tizer.

Pro­duc­tion and sale of the del­i­cacy made from the fatty liver of force-fed ducks and geese will be banned by a law pub­lished Fri­day in the city’s of­fi­cial gazette.

The law will take ef­fect in 45 days to give res­tau­rant own­ers time to adapt. Con­sump­tion of foie gras pur­chased be­fore the ban or out­side of the city will re­main le­gal.

“Foie gras is an ap­pe­tizer for the wealthy. It does not ben­e­fit hu­man health and to make it, the birds are sub­mit­ted to a lot of suf­fer­ing,” said City Coun­cil­man Laer­cio Benko, au­thor of the law.

Guil­herme Car­valho, one of the di­rec­tors of the Brazil­ian Veg­e­tar­ian So­ci­ety hailed the new law as a “ma­jor ac­com­plish­ment.”

“The next step will cer­tainly be the ex­pan­sion of the ban to the rest of Brazil,” he told the UOL news por­tal.

Alex Atala, renowned chef of the Sao Paulo-based D.O.M., one of the top-ranked restau­rants in the world, had voiced op­po­si­tion to the pro­posal prior to its pas­sage, call­ing it “ab­surd.”

Two of the three cubs stand dur­ing their first walk out­side, Fri­day, June 26, at the Vin­cennes zoo in Paris, France. The three cubs were born on April 22.

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