Look, no-one can condone the methodology here, but Foie Gras has been around since about 2, 500 BCE when some enterprising Egyptians that lived in the area that stretches from Sudan today right up to Syria began force feeding their geese and ducks. They tried to capture the cranes at one stage but gave up in desperation when they realised they could never make it work. The cranes just died because the migratory instinct was just too strong. Apparently they tied the cranes down in the marshes by using some kind of string and attaching it to the wings.
Geese were used because they were migratory birds and therefore produced bigger clutches of eggs. It seems logical that they would, then, have more eggs and more birds producing more livers. Simple economics.
It is a cruel practise, granted, but how are we ever going to end it? Is it really more cruel than cutting off a head, twisting off a neck or killing a pig that knows, absolutely, he is about to die. Is it more cruel than forcing a cousin of the goose into a battery and making it live out its entire life in circumstances so horrific that it is only recently that it was made known to all and sundry? Yet we happily eat chicken mayo or hardboiled eggs …..
And the problem is? Foie gras is absolutely, undoubtedly one of the most delicious things known to man. It is unhealthy and potentially lethal, but meltingly, intoxicatingly delicious.
Which is why I would love to know whether it should be banned ………………….