Activists all over the world have hailed India’s move to ban import of foie gras, an enlarged liver of a duck or goose.
Animal welfare organisations were in celebration mode, as they expressed their happiness on Twitter.
In the past, Argentina, Austria, Denmark, Czech Republic, Finland, Israel, Turkey, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and recently California have banned foie gras.
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What’s more? Some tweeple have also urged US to follow the suit.
— Nikhil N Sivadas (@NikhilNSivadas) July 7, 2014
So India can ban foie gras and the US hasn’t? America should be leading animal rights campaigns, not lacking behind. — Dr.TracyVegas (@tracyvegas) July 5, 2014
— Compassion 4 Animals (@AmyRoseKathryn) July 4, 2014
— PETA UK (@PETAUK) July 4, 2014
The ban came after repeated demands by activists.
So what’s this controversy all about
The dish is served at high-end restaurants and is available at some stores in metropolitan cities. Findings from investigations of foie gras farms in Spain and France, from where the liver is imported to India, were presented to the government.
The findings emphasised the cruel conditions in which the ducks were kept and slaughtered.
How the ban came about
Animal rights organisation ‘Animal Equality’presented extensive data, including photos and videos, of the cruel conditions in which the ducks and geese are kept and slaughtered, reports from various committees like the Food and Agriculture Organisation of United Nations, European Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare and veterinary experts, before the government.
The Director General of Foreign Trade, on July 3, issued a notification stating that the import of foie gras is revised from ‘free’ to ‘prohibited’.