The city of skyscrapers is against one of the most traditional French dishes: the sale and consumption of foie gras will be banned in New York in two years. The law, drafted by Matthew Dominguez, a member of an animal rights group who campaigned and won over elected officials, was passed within months. “Educating people is not enough. It would cost millions and millions to inform about what is happening in the foie gras industry and what we have done is a law that does not allow animal cruelty”assures Matthew Dominguez.
For weeks, dialogue between New York elected officials and producers was impossible. “We don’t force ducks to eat, because no matter how much food you put in the crop, the duck will decide what goes into its stomach”, explains Sergio Seravia of the farm “La Belle Farm”, located two hours from New York, showing how to proceed with force-feeding. This action, at the heart of the debate, consists of first feeling the duck’s crop, that is to say the pocket that the worker will fill with a mixture of water and corn. The tube is flexible and smooth so as not to damage the esophagus. La Belle Farm is taking New York City’s decision to court: animal rights versus culinary tradition, the battle for foie gras in America has only just begun.