Chicago Bans Foie Gras

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Au Revoir, Foie Gras. In a bold move by the Chicago City Council, members voted 48 to 1 to outlaw the sale of foie gras in all “food dispensing establishments” meaning both restaurants and retail stores, or face fines of $500.

Animal rights advocates are applauding the move, saying it makes a bold statement for the country. Others like some of Chicago’s top chefs and fans of the fatty livers of geese and ducks are not pleased. Even the mayor, Richard Daley, was quoted as saying “We have children getting killed by gang leaders and dope dealers. We have real issues here in the city. And we’re dealing with foie gras? Let’s get some priorities.”

(via New York Times, April 27, 2006)