French court to rule on foie gras cruelty

Force-feeding ducks to make foie gras is legal in France, but the European Union ruled in 2011 that birds cannot be kept in individual cages and gave farms until the end of 2015 to complyLe Roche-sur-Yon (France) (AFP) – A French court is set to rule Thursday on whether a foie gras producer was guilty of "acts of cruelty" for the conditions in which it force-fed its birds. The case targets one of France's best-known producers, Ernest Soulard, a company based in the western Vendee province which supplies top restaurants including Le Fouquet's and George V in Paris. It was brought by animal rights group L214, which released a video in 2013 showing the conditions at farms under contract to Ernest Soulard, with ducks confined in individual cages, barely able to move. The video caused top chefs, including multi-Michelin-starred Joel Robuchon and Britain's Gordon Ramsay, to suspend their orders with the company.


March 19, 2015 3:02 pm

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