Animal welfare group urges removal of foie gras from MEPs’ menu

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The duck and goose liver product will reportedly be served at the MEPs' Christmas meal
The duck and goose liver product will reportedly be served at the MEPs' Christmas meal

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Animal rights charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has written a letter to President of the European Commission to get foie gras taken off EU politicians’ Christmas menu.

The British media reported that the duck and goose liver product will be served to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for their Christmas meal, and PETA has called for the product to be dropped from the menu, whilst encouraging politicians to boycott the Parliament restaurant until it has done so.

The organisation announced: "The scientific consensus on force-feeding is crystal clear: it’s cruel and should be banned. Every animal-protection organisation in the world condemns the production of foie gras. The EU Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare has catalogued a long list of ways in which foie gras production is inherently abusive.

"Following a detailed investigation into foie gras production, Dr J Alexander from the EU’s Scientific Committee concluded that ‘the only recommendation that the Committee can properly make is that force feeding of ducks and geese should stop and that this could best be achieved by the prohibition of the production, importation, distribution and sale of foie gras’... It’s an outrage that this vile product would be served in the EU Parliament."

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