--%> Brussels Bans Foie Gras
News

Brussels Bans Foie Gras

The Belgian capital city enacts a symbolic ban to prohibit the cruel practice of force-feeding ducks in hopes that surrounding cities follow suit.

Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, has officially banned the production of foie gras within its city limits. While Belgium is one of the five countries—in addition to France, Spain, Bulgaria, and Hungary—that still produces foie gras, there are no production facilities within Brussels. This ban is therefore a symbolic move by the city government in hopes of influencing surrounding cities to adopt similar bans. Foie gras—or the enlarged liver of a duck or a goose— is produced by force-feeding the birds until their livers swell up to 10 times their normal size. “Force-feeding boils down to torture,” Brussels’ Secretary of State of Animal Welfare Bianca Debaets said. “I cannot permit it.” Banning the production of foie gras does not eliminate the sale of the product in the city, as that aspect of the industry falls under different legislation. Many European countries—including Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Turkey, and the UK—currently ban the production of foie gras.

More News

Last Captive-Born Orca Dies at SeaWorld

Three-month-old baby orca Kyara died of pneumonia—the same illness that killed Tilikum in January.
Read More »

Midwest Vegan Eatery Creates Copycat Big Mac

St.. Paul's J. Selby's "Dirty Secret" is made with two all-"beaf" patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheeze, pickles, and onions, and served on a vegan sesame seed bun.
Read More »

88-Year-Old Vegan Climbs Kilimanjaro

Colorado resident Fred Distelhorst may have set a world record as the oldest person to ever ascend one of the world’s highest peaks.
Read More »

New Series "The Vegan Road Show USA" Debuts in August

The new show will showcase vegan restaurants across the country and feature special correspondent Maggie Taylor—the niece of famed vegan director James Cameron.
Read More »

Vegan-Friendly Chef to Headline BBQ Festival

Chef Shannon Martinez's plant-based chorizo, Spanish meatballs, and cashew cheese are the talk of the otherwise meat-centric event in Australia.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »