Hawaii to Ban Foie Gras

New state legislation calls for a ban on the production and sale of foie gras in Hawaii.


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Hawaiian Rep. Angus McKelvey and Sens. Mike Gabbard, Chun Oakland, and Clayton Hee have co-sponsored a bill to ban the production and sale of foie gras in Hawaii, a bill that was considered in 2010 but did not pass committee. If the bill is passed, Hawaii will join California and 15 countries in banning the dish. Foie gras is created by force-feeding ducks and geese through feeding tubes in order to create a fatty liver 10 times its normal size. Three US companies produce foie gras, making 300 tons per year—five times more than 30 years ago.

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