The capital of Belgium has banned the production of foie gras, which is made from the overgrown liver of force-fed geese. The reason behind the ban is symbolic because while production exists in Belgium, “there are currently no foie gras producers in Brussels, but the regional authorities hopes that others will follow its lead”.
Global Action in the Interest of Animals (GAIA) states 84% of Belgians “support a ban on the force feeding of animals,” and secretary of state for animal welfare, Bianca Debaets, states:
“Force-feeding boils down to torture. I cannot permit it. Animals are forced to ingest large quantities of food. This creates an awful lot of stress for the animals and they experience breathing difficulties. The animal’s liver can grow to weigh up to 1 kilo. Under normal circumstances this is barely 100 grams.”
Belgium together with France, Spain, Bulgaria and Hungary, is one of the five countries left that still produces foie gras.